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[kuh-lahyd] /kəˈlaɪd/
verb (used without object), collided, colliding.
to strike one another or one against the other with a forceful impact; come into violent contact; crash:
The two cars collided with an ear-splitting crash.
to clash; conflict:
Their views on the matter collided.
verb (used with object), collided, colliding.
to cause to collide:
drivers colliding their cars in a demolition derby.
Origin of collide
1615-25; < Latin collīdere to strike together, equivalent to col- col-1 + -līdere, combining form of laedere to strike
1. hit, smash, clash. Unabridged
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  • As the four streams collide they are forced into a third channel, forming layered droplets as they go.
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  • One is for cosmic rays to collide with stray atoms in interstellar space, producing a shower of particles.
  • Sometimes these clusters collide and merge with one another.
  • Where toxic pollution and human habitation collide with devastating effects.
  • Basically, he wanted to collide something into a wall at one speed and then double that speed.
  • Worlds might collide here, were they not held carefully apart by liability insurance and tall fences.
  • Despite their reputation as static structures, galaxies often collide and morph into peculiar new shapes.
  • New data seem to show that galaxies collide all the time.
  • Astronomers think galaxies frequently collide and merge to make bigger galaxies.
British Dictionary definitions for collide


verb (intransitive)
to crash together with a violent impact
to conflict in attitude, opinion, or desire; clash; disagree
Word Origin
C17: from Latin collīdere to clash together, from com- together + laedere to strike, wound
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Word Origin and History for collide

1620s, from Latin collidere "strike together," from com- "together" (see com-) + laedere "to strike, injure by striking," of unknown origin. For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. Related: Collided; colliding.

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