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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Two people were killed after a train and a car collided in California on Sunday in a dramatic crash captured by the cameras of a nearby brewery. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "2 dead after California train, car crash that was caught on camera," 10 July 2018 Also in sports: Half of the field collided in a massive crash at a NASCAR Cup race in Daytona on Saturday night. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 8 July 2018 No penalty! 26’: Yellow for Sweden 26: Larsson of Sweden and Lozano collide in midair, and Lozano takes the worst of it, apparently. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 Just like a photon of light behaves like both a particle and a wave, this blob also has wavelike properties, where one part can actually interfere with another part, to produce ripples in itself like waves colliding in a pond. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "The Quest to Make Super Cold Quantum Blobs in Space," 25 June 2018 The Proletariat Gallery & Public House: Art and cocktails collide in this trendy bar and collaborative exhibition space. Joy Sewing, San Antonio Express-News, "Weekend getaway: Your guide to all things Galveston," 11 June 2018 Two NJ Transit buses collided in the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan on Friday morning causing dozens of injuries, officials said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Lincoln Tunnel Bus Crash Leaves 32 Injured," 18 May 2018 Two buses collided in the Lincoln Tunnel Friday morning, the New York City Fire Department confirmed. CBS News, "Bus crash in Lincoln Tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey; injuries reported," 18 May 2018 But during the dog fights above the island, Jackson and one of his wing men spotted an enemy plane coming out of the clouds, chased it at once and collided in mid-air. Peter Porco, Anchorage Daily News, "When Japan invaded Alaska: What you need to know about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu," 15 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


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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evasion of direct action or statement

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