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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This drift is driven by electrons colliding with each other. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Eyewitnesses said a speeding car collided with the camel, which suddenly stepped into the highway. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Unbelievable video shows camel trapped inside car after collision," 10 Aug. 2018 Straschnitzki met the coaching staff and some top prospects during a break in his rehabilitation from the injuries suffered in April when a bus carrying the Broncos to a playoff game collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection, killing 16. Washington Post, "Flyers support Humboldt player paralyzed in bus crash," 29 June 2018 When a car collided with the barrier on a highway, three passengers sitting in the back, all unbuckled, were ejected from the vehicle. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Kailee Mills Foundation plans 5K run to support seat belt safety," 19 June 2018 The drive is an irresistible force of ambition colliding with an immovable conviction of inadequacy. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Giacometti’s Skinny Sublimity," 6 June 2018 Emerging from the underpass, Elizabeth stumbles upon a traffic accident that had taken place moments before: a motorcycle collided with a horse. Sasha Senderovich, The New Republic, "An Ending for the Conflicted Cold Warriors of The Americans," 29 May 2018 Police are seeking the driver of a 2003 Kia Sedona minivan who fled the scene in Fairmount Park after the vehicle collided with a motorcycle early Sunday in Philadelphia, killing the motorcyclist and critically injuring his passenger. Andrew Maykuth,, "Police seek minivan driver in fatal Fairmount Park hit-and-run," 17 June 2018 Two vehicles collided in the 3600 block of Lavista Road in north Decatur just before 9 p.m. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Driver bolts from scene of deadly crash, leaves injured passenger in car, police say," 18 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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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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