col·​lide | \ kə-ˈlīd How to pronounce collide (audio) \
collided; colliding

Definition of collide

intransitive verb

1 : to come together with solid or direct impact The car collided with a tree. Two helicopters collided.
2 : clash colliding cultures Science and religion collided in the court.

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Examples of collide in a Sentence

Two football players collided on the field. a story of what happens when modern American mores and traditional Asian values collide
Recent Examples on the Web Very occasionally a passing neutrino will collide with an atomic nucleus, spawning other particles. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Neutrino hunters go underwater in quest to trap ghost particles," 31 Mar. 2021 Those two missions will inevitably collide as Biden seeks to implement his aggressive climate plans. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by Bipartisan Policy Center: House GOP plays defense with clean energy proposal," 15 Mar. 2021 At worst, one tremendous mood will collide with another. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Seeing Red and Feeling Blue: America’s Rotten National Mood," 19 Feb. 2021 In one, conducted in April, researchers rigged a bus from 1944 to collide head-on with a 1965 model at 30 mph at Terminal Island Naval Station. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Too soon to return to normality?," 6 Apr. 2021 For the most part, larger particles hitting the opposite side of the planet eventually collide with atoms. New York Times, "Hunting Ghost Particles Beneath the World’s Deepest Lake," 30 Mar. 2021 The old league disbanded a quarter-century ago, but a couple of its longtime members in Baylor and Arkansas will collide for a spot in the Final Four in Indianapolis. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "SWC sentiment: Old league foes Baylor, Arkansas collide in Elite Eight," 28 Mar. 2021 Genova relays one study in which people watched a video snippet of two cars about to collide. Michael P. H. Stanley, National Review, "How Memory Works and Why It Fails," 20 Mar. 2021 The collision scenes in the 2013 movie Gravity gruesomely illustrate what would happen if a large piece of junk were to collide with, for instance, the International Space Station. Scientific American, "Adaptive Optics Branches Out," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of collide

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collide

Latin collidere, from com- + laedere to injure by striking

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The first known use of collide was in 1700

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21 Apr 2021

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“Collide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of collide

: to hit something or each other with strong force : to crash together or to crash into something
used of situations in which people or groups disagree or are very different from each other often + with


col·​lide | \ kə-ˈlīd How to pronounce collide (audio) \
collided; colliding

Kids Definition of collide

1 : to strike against each other with strong force Racing downstairs I almost collided with my mother …— Pam Zollman, Don't Bug Me!
2 : clash entry 1 sense 2 Their different goals collided.

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