Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To come together with violent, direct impact.
  • intransitive v. To meet in opposition; conflict: "an unlikely foray by an industrial conglomerate into the terrain where entertainment and merchandising collide” ( Laura Bird).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To impact directly, especially if violent
  • v. To come into conflict, or be incompatible

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To strike or dash against each other; to come into collision; to clash.
  • transitive v. To strike or dash against.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strike together with force; come into violent contact; meet in opposition: as, the ships collided in midocean; their plans collided, or collided with each other.
  • To strike against; encounter with a shock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to collide
  • v. be incompatible; be or come into conflict
  • v. crash together with violent impact

Etymologies

Latin collīdere : com-, com- + laedere, to strike.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin collidere ("to strike or clash together"), from com- ("together") + laedere ("to strike, dash against, hurt"); see lesion. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • This song was the perfect combination for the part of the book where the two worlds collide, which is probably why it was on repeat for ages as I wrote.

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  • Improvised theater and the written word collide in this four-week run.

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  • The worlds of hip-hop and ambient overlap more often than they collide, which is why Subtle is so welcome.

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  • Previous article Police cars headed to two separate calls collide

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  • Thank you, and thank them for the result: great insights into what can happen when the cultures/customs of locals & gringos "collide".

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  • Too many grey areas have emerged as the two different zodiac ages "collide".

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  • HAMMER (on-screen): Every now and then in the soaps we do see reality, we see the real world and the soap world kind of collide, and this is one example, that you ` re throwing your Mardi Gras ball.

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  • I'd suggest that when you have arguments that don't work together and kind of collide and they fundamentally defy logic, that the place to find understanding is politics.

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  • "I think that anyone people is both good and bad.
    In hospital I'm collide with people of different peoples and different creed, but I do not do among them distinction."
    - Marina.

    December 1, 2007