verb (used without object)
to make a loud, harsh noise: The gears of the old car clashed and grated.
to come together or collide, especially noisily: The cymbals clashed.
to conflict; disagree: Their stories of the accident clashed completely.
(of juxtaposed colors) to be offensive to the eye.
to engage in a physical conflict or contest, as in a game or a battle (often followed by with ): The Yankees clash with the White Sox for the final game of the season.
verb (used with object)
to strike with a resounding or violent collision: He clashed his fist against the heavy door.
to produce (sound) by or as by collision: The tower bell clashed its mournful note.
a loud, harsh noise, as of a collision: The automobiles collided with a terrible clash.
a collision, especially a noisy one.
a conflict; opposition, especially of views or interests: a clash between nations.
a battle, fight, or skirmish: The clash between the border patrols left three men dead.

1490–1500; blend of clap1 and dash1

clasher, noun
clashingly, adverb
interclash, noun, verb
unclashing, adjective

1. clang, crash. 10. disagreement, altercation, dispute. See struggle.

10. agreement, cooperation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
clash (klæʃ)
1.  to make or cause to make a loud harsh sound, esp by striking together
2.  (intr) to be incompatible; conflict
3.  (intr) to engage together in conflict or contest
4.  (intr) (of dates or events) to coincide
5.  (intr) (of colours) to look ugly or inharmonious together
6.  a loud harsh noise
7.  a collision or conflict
8.  (Scot) gossip; tattle
[C16: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1500, of imitative origin; the figurative sense is first attested 1622. Of colors, "to go badly together," first recorded 1894.
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Example sentences
It showed a desperate fight so real as to utterly obscure the underlying clash of conflicting ideals.
The disk hits the boards and sticks clash in a frenzied fight to control it.
There is the inevitable clash between my desire for a permanent academic job
  and the reality of my bank balance.
It would be easy for even a small clash to get out of hand.
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