from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To collide with a loud, harsh, usually metallic noise.
  • intransitive verb To meet in violent conflict.
  • intransitive verb To be in opposition or disagreement.
  • intransitive verb To create an unpleasant visual impression when placed together.
  • intransitive verb To strike together with a loud, harsh, metallic noise.
  • noun A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
  • noun A violent conflict or confrontation.
  • noun A disagreement or state of opposition: synonym: conflict.
  • noun An incongruity or unpleasant juxtaposition of different colors or elements.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make a loud harsh noise, as from a violent or sudden blow or collision.
  • To dash against an object with a loud noise; come into violent and resounding collision; strike furiously.
  • Figuratively, to act with opposing power or in a contrary direction; come into collision; contradict; interfere: as, their opinions and their interests clash.
  • To talk; gossip idly; tattle; tell tales.
  • To bang; strike, or strike against, with a resounding collision; strike sharply together.
  • noun A sharp or harsh noise made by a blow, as upon a metallic surface; a sound produced by the violent collision of hard bodies; a striking together with noise; noisy collision.
  • noun Figuratively, opposition; collision; contradiction, as between differing or conflicting interests, views, purposes, etc.
  • noun Tittle-tattle; scandal; idle talk.
  • noun A quantity of any moist substance thrown at something; a splash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To strike noisily against or together.
  • intransitive verb To make a noise by striking against something; to dash noisily together.
  • intransitive verb To meet in opposition; to act in a contrary direction; to come onto collision; to interfere.
  • noun A loud noise resulting from collision; a noisy collision of bodies; a collision.
  • noun Opposition; contradiction; as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun onomatopoeia A loud sound.
  • noun military A skirmish, a hostile encounter.
  • noun sports a match; a game between two sides.
  • noun An angry argument
  • noun Opposition; contradiction; such as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes etc.
  • noun A combination of garments that do not look good together, especially because of conflicting colours.
  • noun An instance of restarting the game after a "dead ball", where it is dropped between two opposing players, who can fight for possession.
  • verb to make a loud clash
  • verb to come into violent conflict
  • verb intransitive to argue angrily
  • verb intransitive, of clothes to not look good together.
  • verb intransitive to coincide, to happen at the same time, thereby rendering it impossible to attend all.
  • verb intransitive to face each other in an important game.

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

  • noun a loud resonant repeating noise
  • noun a state of conflict between persons
  • verb crash together with violent impact
  • noun a state of conflict between colors
  • verb disagree violently
  • noun a minor short-term fight
  • verb be incompatible; be or come into conflict


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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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