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
Recent Examples on the Web And when these molecules start to collide with each other, pressure increases. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Into Thicker Air and Onto Thinner Ice: How Climate Change Is Affecting Mount Everest," 20 Nov. 2020 President Trump's update about the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to nearly collide with the elephant in the room — his election loss. TheWeek, "Trump seemingly nearly slips and acknowledges his election loss," 13 Nov. 2020 Stafford threw red zone interceptions on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, then was pulled from the game early in the fourth after his head appeared to collide with the leg of a Vikings defender on a sack. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions humiliated by Vikings, 34-20, as Matthew Stafford leaves with concussion," 8 Nov. 2020 Minnesota ranks ninth among states in which a motorist is most likely to collide with an animal — usually a deer — according to State Farm’s annual analysis of vehicle-animal crash claims data. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "As Minnesota heads into peak car-deer crash season, insurers have advice," 8 Nov. 2020 Welch and Rawlings have a clear understanding of when to give each other space and when to collide. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, "How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held Onto Optimism," 3 Nov. 2020 One of two asteroid movies of 1998, this one depicts the attempts to prepare for and destroy a 7-mile-wide comet set to collide with the Earth and cause a mass extinction. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Movie and TV presidents we’d vote for, and others we’d impeach," 3 Nov. 2020 Controllers later found another software problem that could have caused the service module to collide with the crew capsule after separation, potentially endangering astronauts, if any had been on board. Washington Post, "NASA’s new rocket would be the most powerful ever. But it’s the software that has some officials worried.," 31 Oct. 2020 There’s a 1-in-2,700 chance that Bennu will collide with Earth in the late 2100s, the space agency says. Lockheed Martin, National Geographic, "How did NASA land on and grab stuff from an astroid?," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of collide was in 1700

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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