collide

verb
col·lide | \ kə-ˈlīd \
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

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They are created in nuclear reactions – at power plants, in the center of the sun, and amid even more extreme events – when protons accelerate, collide and then shatter in a shower of energetic particles. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 They are created in nuclear reactions - at power plants, in the center of the sun, and amid even more extreme events - when protons accelerate, collide and then shatter in a shower of energetic particles. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Two drivers were hospitalized early Monday morning after their cars collided on I-84 and burst into flame, police documents reveal. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Head On I-84 Crash Leaves Two Hospitalized," 2 July 2018 The driver of the big rig, who was traveling at 55 mph, veered left to avoid hitting their Toyota head-on, but the two vehicles collided and the big rig went down an embankment. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Two killed in collision with big rig identified as elderly Wilton couple," 18 June 2018 He and a teammate collided and the teammate fell on top of him. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton Southeastern athlete suffers paralysis in accident," 17 June 2018 The middle is where the mathematics of Einstein and quantum mechanics collide, and in that collision there are fireworks and the equations just fall apart. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Physicist Brian Greene on the three biggest science mysteries he'd like to see solved," 10 June 2018 Berman collided and did what head coach Sherri Edwards described as a cartwheel before falling. Dan Brown, Ramona Sentinel, "Athletes wrap up season at CIF championships," 7 June 2018 Paul Worrilow, a free-agent veteran the Eagles signed this offseason, collided with fellow linebacker Corey Nelson during OTA drills Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex and crumpled to the turf. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "New Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow leaves field on cart after collision," 22 May 2018

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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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collide

verb

English Language Learners Definition of collide

: to hit something or each other with strong force : to crash together or to crash into something

collide

verb
col·lide | \ kə-ˈlīd \
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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