What does collision mean?

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kəˈlɪʒ əncol·li·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collision, hitnoun

    (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"

  2. collisionnoun

    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. collisionnoun

    a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals

    "a collision of interests"


  1. collisionnoun

    An instance of colliding.

  2. Etymology: From collisio, from collidere, past participle collisus; see collide.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Collisionnoun

    Etymology: from collisio, Latin.

    Or by collision of two bodies grind,
    The air attrite to fire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 1072.

    The devil sometimes borrowed fire from the altar to consume the votaries; and by the mutual collision of well-meant zeal, set even orthodox Christians in a flame. Dec of Piety.

    The flint and the steel you may move apart as long as you please; but it is the hitting and collision of them that must make them strike fire. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collisionnoun

    the act of striking together; a striking together, as of two hard bodies; a violent meeting, as of railroad trains; a clashing

  2. Collisionnoun

    a state of opposition; antagonism; interference


  1. Collision

    A collision is an isolated event in which two or more moving bodies exert forces on each other for a relatively short time. Although the most common colloquial use of the word "collision" refers to accidents in which two or more objects collide, the scientific use of the word "collision" implies nothing about the magnitude of the forces. Some examples of physical interactions that scientists would consider collisions: ⁕An insect touches its antenna to the leaf of a plant. The antenna is said to collide with leaf. ⁕A cat walks delicately through the grass. Each contact that its paws make with the ground is a collision. Each brush of its fur against a blade of grass is a collision. Some colloquial uses of the word collision are: ⁕automobile collision, two cars colliding with each other ⁕mid-air collision, two planes colliding with each other ⁕ship collision, two ships colliding with each other

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. collision

    The case of one ship running foul of another; the injuries arising from which, where no blame is imputable to the master of either, is generally borne by the owners of both in equal parts. (See ALLISION.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collision in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collision in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of collision in a Sentence

  1. Oakland Police Department:

    Shortly after the( traffic) collision, a male suspect approached the supervisor’s vehicle and fired a round striking the patrol vehicle.

  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous--a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite.

  3. Jonathan McDowell:

    I would say if we're carrying on doing what we're doing, we should expect to see in the next few years at least one major accidental satellite collision.

  4. John Stuart Mill:

    If all mankind minus one were of one opinion and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that person that he, if he had the power, would be in silencing mankind… If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

  5. Jeffrey Mankoff:

    If there's a collision or if somebody overreacted.

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