What does Clash mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clang, clangor, clangour, clangoring, clank, clash, crashnoun

    a loud resonant repeating noise

    "he could hear the clang of distant bells"

  2. clash, frictionnoun

    a state of conflict between persons

  3. clashnoun

    a state of conflict between colors

    "her dress was a disturbing clash of colors"

  4. brush, clash, encounter, skirmishverb

    a minor short-term fight

  5. collide, clashverb

    crash together with violent impact

    "The cars collided"; "Two meteors clashed"

  6. clash, jar, collideverb

    be incompatible; be or come into conflict

    "These colors clash"

  7. clashverb

    disagree violently

    "We clashed over the new farm policies"


  1. clashnoun

    A loud sound.

    I heard a clash from the kitchen, and rushed in to find the cat had knocked over some pots and pans.

  2. clashnoun

    A skirmish, a hostile encounter.

  3. clashnoun

    a match; a game between two sides.

  4. clashnoun

    An angry argument

  5. clashnoun

    Opposition; contradiction; such as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes etc.

  6. clashnoun

    A combination of garments that do not look good together, especially because of conflicting colours.

    She was wearing a horrible clash of red and orange.

  7. clashnoun

    An instance of restarting the game after a "dead ball", where it is dropped between two opposing players, who can fight for possession.

  8. clashverb

    to make a loud clash

    The plates clashed to the floor.

  9. clashverb

    to come into violent conflict

    Fans from opposing teams clashed on the streets after the game.

  10. clashverb

    to argue angrily

    My parents often clashed about minor things, such as the cleaning or shopping rota.

  11. clashverb

    to not look good together.

  12. clashverb

    to coincide, to happen at the same time, thereby rendering it impossible to attend all.

    I can't come to your wedding as it clashes with a friend's funeral.

  13. clashverb

    to face each other in an important game.

  14. Etymology: Of imitative origin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clashnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The clash of arms and voice of men we hear. John Denham.

    He nobly seiz’d thee in the dire alarms
    Of war and slaughter and the clash of arms. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    Then from the clashes between popes and kings,
    Debate, like sparks from flint’s collision, springs. John Denham.

    In the very next line he reconciles the fathers and scripture, and shews there is no clash betwixt them. Francis Atterbury.

  2. To Clashverb

    To strike one thing against another, so as to produce a noise.

    The nodding statue clash’d his arms,
    And with a sullen sound and feeble cry,
    Half sunk, and half pronounced the word of victory. Dryd.

  3. To CLASHverb

    Etymology: kletsen, Dut. to make a noise.

    Three times, as of the clashing sound
    Of arms, we heard. John Denham.

    Those few that should happen to clash, might rebound after the collision; or if they cohered, yet, by the real conflict with other atoms, might be separated again. Richard Bentley.

    How many candles may send out their light, without clashing upon one another; which argues the smallness of the parts of light, and the largeness of the interstices between particles of air and other bodies. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    Neither was there any queen-mother who might clash with his counsellors for authority. Francis Bacon, Henry VIII.

    Those that will not be convinced what a help this is to the magistracy, would find it, if they should chance to clash. Robert South, Sermons.

    Wherever there are men, there will be clashing sometime or other; and a knock, or a contest, spoils all. Roger L'Estrange.

    The absurdity in this instance is obvious; and yet every time that clashing metaphors are put together, this fault is committed. Spectator, №. 595.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clashverb

    to make a noise by striking against something; to dash noisily together

  2. Clashverb

    to meet in opposition; to act in a contrary direction; to come onto collision; to interfere

  3. Clashverb

    to strike noisily against or together

  4. Clashnoun

    a loud noise resulting from collision; a noisy collision of bodies; a collision

  5. Clashnoun

    opposition; contradiction; as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes, etc

  6. Etymology: [Of imitative origin; cf. G. klatschen, Prov. G. kleschen, D. kletsen, Dan. klaske, E. clack.]


  1. Clash

    Clash is a popular music and fashion magazine based in the United Kingdom. Its magazine title is published 12 times a year. The magazine alternates between modern bands such as The Horrors, Florence & The Machine and Jamie xx as well as hip-hop artists like DJ Shadow, Kanye West and Beastie Boys, who have all had cover spots in recent issues. It concentrates on music and fashion, and often their effect on surrounding culture, as well as film and technology. However they do also have a common theme throughout their reviews of slandering musicians who don't coincide with their almost extremist views and ideals of music - possibly for comedic value and entertainment for those who read the magazine. The magazine won the Best New Magazine award in 2004 at the PPA Magazine Awards and has won further awards in England and Scotland. Most notably, Magazine Of The Year at the 2011 Record Of The Day Awards. At the turn of 2011, Clash Magazine took on an entirely new look, ditching the previous glossy feel and music led design, for an altogether more artistically led approach. The publication is based around the larger Clash brand, which extends to live events around the country and festival partnerships/parties, and the website ClashMusic.com. 2011 saw Clash partner Levi's and Spotify to bring Primal Scream to London's Electric Brixton for one of their final shows with the former Stone Roses member, Mani.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clash

    klash, n. a loud noise, such as is caused by the striking together of weapons: opposition: contradiction: (Scot.) chatter, country talk.—v.i. to dash noisily together: to meet in opposition: to act in a contrary direction: to disagree: (Scot.) to gossip.—v.t. to strike noisily against.—n. Clash′ing, a striking against: opposition. [Formed from the sound, like Ger. and Sw. klatsch.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clash' in Nouns Frequency: #2001

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clash in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Clash in a Sentence

  1. Juan Jose Rodriguez Prats:

    There's going to be a clash of vanities, a clash of egos, and who knows where it will end.

  2. Brendan Gaughan:

    But now the world has changed where you can kind of step over those bounds and make change, and they made a very positive one. It will work out great for our sport, as a whole. I think well gain a lot of new fans and a lot of new people will be paying attention, and thats great for all of us. THE FEUDS Hamlin, who won his third Daytona 500 in February, has been beefing with LaJoie on Twitter for months. It seemed harmless at first it wasnt even clear they were serious but took a turn in the last week. After Hamlin drew the top starting spot for last weeks race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Hamlin lost three chances at a championship in season finale races, LaJoie said Hamlin would win the race because there was nothing on the line. That low blow escalated the warring words, prompting NASCAR to step in with an at-track meeting, Hamlin, who did indeed win at Homestead last Sunday, said after that race the feud was over. But LaJoie in his weekly podcast continued the clash until finally relenting Thursday with a social media post apologizing for his role in the bickering. LaJoie explained his position during a Zoom session with reporters and said both were wrong. Did I run my mouth a little bit more than what I probably should have? Yes. Did he do things that he probably regretted? Yes. Thats how we got into this situation, LaJoie said. We are both grown-ups. We both have kids. We both have jobs and livelihoods that are bigger than this little tiff we have going on. Meanwhile, Logano has not forgiven Elliott for the mistake that took them both out of contention on the final lap at Bristol. Logano refused to cut Elliott any room on the track as he raced Hamlin for the victory last week by making it difficult for Elliott to get past him every chance Logano had. Elliott curtly said after the race he needed to learn how to handle lapped traffic better and never mentioned Logano specifically. Logano has made it clear he has no incentive to get out of Elliotts way. You race people the way they race you. You cant do things without repercussions of some sort. You cost me a win, I cost you a win. Those types of things go like that.

  3. Susan MacManus:

    It’s two people with understanding of grassroots-level campaigning, two state politicians with two different views of the world, it’s a clash of titans, I would say.

  4. Michael Tanchum:

    There has already been one collision between a Greek warship and a Turkish warship, in which the Turkish vessel took some damage, the danger of miscalculation or further accidents touching off an open clash that no one wants is now dangerously high.

  5. Kokoro Ohtani:

    There's a bit of a clash within me, but it isn't discrimination or chauvinism, it's more like feeling I want to keep trying so that, one day when they let women take part, I will be the one they choose.

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Translations for Clash

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  • يتصادم, تصادمArabic
  • трясък, тряскам, сблъсквам сеBulgarian
  • střetCzech
  • Auseinandersetzung, Clash, ZusammenstoßGerman
  • κλαγγή, κλαγγάζω, βροντώ, συγκρούομαιGreek
  • colisionSpanish
  • برخوردPersian
  • kalskahtaa, ottaa yhteen, yhteenotto, kalske, kalskahdusFinnish
  • s'affronter, escarmouche, fracas, échauffourée, cliquetisFrench
  • gliongScottish Gaelic
  • संघर्षHindi
  • csattanásHungarian
  • schermaglia, baruffa, scontrarsi, cozzare, zuffa, scontroItalian
  • clashNorwegian
  • стычка, конфликтовать, грохотать, греметь, грохот, разборка, лязг, сталкиваться, гул, громыхание, столкновениеRussian
  • smäll, skrällSwedish
  • 衝突Chinese

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    a long narrow excavation in the earth
    • A. sheath
    • B. peccadillo
    • C. arborolatry
    • D. ditch

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