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

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The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. Thursday when a Chevrolet Cavalier collided with a different semi-truck around where westbound Interstate 10 crosses the river. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Big rig pulled out of San Jacinto River after fatal crash," 29 June 2019 The trouble happens when these ideals collide with my life offline. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Angry Nerd: Come On! We Can't 'Decentralize' Everything!," 24 June 2019 New Hampshire police said seven people were killed and three injured Friday when a pickup truck collided with several motorcycles on a two-lane road. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Motorcycle community mourns 7 killed in 'devastating' New Hampshire biker crash," 22 June 2019 Suttles said the driver attempted to exit on Glendale Boulevard at Waterloo Street when the car collided into a vehicle in the intersection. Andy Nguyen,, "Car collision involving burglary suspect sparks small fire in Silver Lake," 13 June 2019 Only seven people are known to have survived when the Hableany (Mermaid), collided with a river cruise ship a week ago. Washington Post, "The Latest: Cruise ship in fatal crash returning to Budapest," 6 June 2019 When antimatter and matter collide, the annihilation produces bursts of gamma rays. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Filling the Void: What Is Dark Matter?," 28 May 2019 West Ham had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half before the hosts were awarded a soft penalty as Robert Snodgrass was judged to have fouled Juan Mata when the two collided in the area. Mattias Karen, The Seattle Times, "United stays in hunt for top 4, Cardiff close to relegation," 13 Apr. 2019 Members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, on April 6 last year when their bus collided with a truck at a rural intersection. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Truck Driver Pleads Guilty in Deadly Hockey Bus Crash," 8 Jan. 2019

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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
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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