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clash

[klash] /klæʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a loud, harsh noise:
The gears of the old car clashed and grated.
2.
to come together or collide, especially noisily:
The cymbals clashed.
3.
to conflict; disagree:
Their stories of the accident clashed completely.
4.
(of juxtaposed colors) to be offensive to the eye.
5.
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)
6.
to strike with a resounding or violent collision:
He clashed his fist against the heavy door.
7.
to produce (sound) by or as by collision:
The tower bell clashed its mournful note.
noun
8.
a loud, harsh noise, as of a collision:
The automobiles collided with a terrible clash.
9.
a collision, especially a noisy one.
10.
a conflict; opposition, especially of views or interests:
a clash between nations.
11.
a battle, fight, or skirmish:
The clash between the border patrols left three men dead.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; blend of clap1 and dash1
Related forms
clasher, noun
clashingly, adverb
interclash, noun, verb
unclashing, adjective
Synonyms
1. clang, crash. 10. disagreement, altercation, dispute. See struggle.
Antonyms
10. agreement, cooperation.
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Examples for clash
  • 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.
  • The initial clash brings combatants flying toward a thunderous embrace.
  • Some years, they clash violently with settlers along the way.
  • It must have been painful as the redheaded gave up after this clash.
  • There could be a scenario in which polar bear females clash with grizzly males as the females emerge from hibernation.
  • For her, the answer has always been a clash of cultures.
  • Truth and art also clash in my opinion in the opera.
British Dictionary definitions for clash

clash

/klæʃ/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a loud harsh sound, esp by striking together
2.
(intransitive) to be incompatible; conflict
3.
(intransitive) to engage together in conflict or contest
4.
(intransitive) (of dates or events) to coincide
5.
(intransitive) (of colours) to look ugly or inharmonious together
noun
6.
a loud harsh noise
7.
a collision or conflict
8.
(Scot) gossip; tattle
Derived Forms
clasher, noun
clashingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clash
v.

c.1500, "to make a loud, sharp sound," of imitative origin, or a blend of clap and crash. Cf. Dutch kletsen "splash, clash," German klatschen, Danish klaske "clash, knock about." Figurative sense, in reference to non-physical strife or battle, is first attested 1620s. Of things, "to come into collision," from 1650s; of colors, "to go badly together," first recorded 1894. Related: Clashed; clashing.

n.

1510s, "sharp, loud noise of collision," from clash (v.). Especially of the noise of conflicting metal weapons. Meaning "hostile encounter" is from 1640s; meaning "conflict of opinions, etc." is from 1781.

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