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.


  1. clash

    A clash refers to a conflict, confrontation, disagreement, or any form noticeable difference between opinions, interests or ideas. It can also refer to a collision or significant noise between two entities or objects. The term is commonly used in contexts of war or battle, arguments or debates, and in sports matches or competitions.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CLASH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clash is ranked #74375 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Clash surname appeared 260 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Clash.

    72.3% or 188 total occurrences were Black.
    20.3% or 53 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Nick Kafkas:

    If the policy statements are as hard as the pre-election ones ... you understand that we're heading to a big clash, and I think the markets will move accordingly.

  2. Carl Thayer:

    When Vietnam refers to the 'new situation', they are using coded language to refer to the rising likelihood of an armed confrontation or clash with China, particularly in the South China Sea.

  3. Juan Jose Rodriguez Prats:

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

  4. Prime Minister Alex Tsipras:

    We have made the decision to clash with a regime of political and economic power that plunged our country into the crisis and is responsible of Greece’s depreciation on an international level.

  5. President Gwynne Shotwell:

    Change is hard for the military, it’s a big culture clash, but it's becoming more and more apparent to folks in the (Department of Defense) that innovation is good, that change is good, and that stagnation ... is not good.

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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
  • تصادمUrdu
  • 衝突Chinese

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