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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The Theta Tau fraternity videos presented a situation where the rights of one group to speak freely collide with the rights of others to have a safe and welcoming learning environment. Gregory Germain, Washington Post, "Law professor: Syracuse betrayed its commitment to free speech when it punished fraternity members for their videos," 11 June 2018 For example, astrophysicists believed that when two delicate disk galaxies like our Milky Way collide and merge, the process would wad them up into a single blobby elliptical galaxy. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution," 30 May 2018 But the Gulf provides a perfect pocket where conditions can collide to create a hurricane-inducing environment. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "How rare would a May hurricane be? The Beatles had a hit the last time it happened | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Schneider also appeared to survive an injury scare with about 10 minutes left in the third when Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh collided with him. Field Level Media, New York Times, "Devils Rally to Climb Back Into Series Against Lightning," 17 Apr. 2018 When two different materials repeatedly collide with, or rub against, one another, the surface of one material can steal electrons from the surface of the other, accumulating a charge, a phenomenon known as triboelectricity. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 12 Apr. 2018 The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to play the Nipawin Hawks in the semifinals of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs when their bus collided with a semitrailer truck on a rural Canadian highway. Jason Boatright, kansascity, "Hockey world mourns Humboldt Broncos after tragic bus crash in Canada | The Kansas City Star," 8 Apr. 2018 The test mimics what happens when the front drive-side corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or strikes an object such as a utility pole. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Ford Escape fails passenger safety crash test," 4 Apr. 2018 Jonas Rosenfeld, a committee member and UW student, was killed Dec. 16, 1960, when United and TWA airliners collided in mid-air in New York. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MLK Vignettes: UW student met Martin Luther King on 1962 campus visit," 23 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of collide

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


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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