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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.


  1. collision

    A collision refers to an event where two or more objects or particles come into contact with each other with a certain force or impact. This term is often used in various fields such as physics, automobile, sports, computer science, and more. The degree of damage or change inflicted on the colliding bodies depends on the magnitude of the impact.

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. Nathan Parsons:

    None of the drivers had alcohol or medication on board during the time of the collision, we looked at the cell phone data for all drivers. None of the drivers utilized cell phones at the time of the collision.

  2. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage, chapter 8:

    He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid. But he said, in substance, to himself that if the earth and the moon were about to clash, many people would doubtless plan to get upon the roofs to witness the collision.

  3. Duffy Daugherty:

    Football isn't a contact sport, it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.

  4. Sidney Rice:

    The first time I actually experienced a head trauma was when I was eight years old, i didn't know it was a concussion at the time but I was in a head-on collision with another kid coming around the corner and it was the first time I'd seen stars.

  5. 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.

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