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Collision definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COLLISION, n. s as z.
1. The act of striking together; a striking together of two hard bodies.
2. The state of being struck together; a clashing. Hence,
3. Opposition; interference; as a collision of interests or of parties.
4. A running against each other, as ships at sea.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together; "the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction" [syn: collision, hit]
2: an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object; "three passengers were killed in the collision"; "the collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill"
3: a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals; "a collision of interests"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin collision-, collisio, from collidere Date: 15th century 1. an act or instance of colliding ; clash 2. an encounter between particles (as atoms or molecules) resulting in exchange or transformation of energy Synonyms: see impact collisional adjective collisionally adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a violent impact of a moving body, esp. a vehicle or ship, with another or with a fixed object. 2 the clashing of opposed interests or considerations. 3 Physics the action of particles striking or coming together. Phrases and idioms: collision course a course or action that is bound to cause a collision or conflict. Derivatives: collisional adj. Etymology: ME f. LL collisio (as COLLIDE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Collision Col*li"sion, n. [L. collisio, fr. collidere. See Collide.] 1. The act of striking together; a striking together, as of two hard bodies; a violent meeting, as of railroad trains; a clashing. 2. A state of opposition; antagonism; interference. The collision of contrary false principles. --Bp. Warburton. Sensitive to the most trifling collisions. --W. Irving. Syn: Conflict; clashing; encounter; opposition.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(collisions) 1. A collision occurs when a moving object crashes into something. They were on their way to the Shropshire Union Canal when their van was involved in a collision with a car... I saw a head-on collision between two aeroplanes. = crash N-VAR: oft N with/between n 2. A collision of cultures or ideas occurs when two very different cultures or people meet and conflict. The play represents the collision of three generations. = clash N-COUNT: oft N of/between/with n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Clash, shock, concussion, crash. 2. Opposition, interference, crashing, conflict.

Moby Thesaurus

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