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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.
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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Examples from the web for colliding
  • The notion of colliding worlds is more appealing than the opposite: conflicts hinging on small differences.
  • Take a virtual tour through space with digital images of the first stars, colliding galaxies, and a scan of the universe.
  • Sitting atop colliding plate boundaries, the country has been wracked by frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
  • On a smaller scale, colliding wind patterns can produce convergence, in which air also has nowhere to go but up.
  • Shocked as if with a jolt of energy, they start a panicked dance, twirling and colliding into members of the crowd.
  • The rest of the particles and objects continued to revolve around the sun, colliding with each other in clumps.
  • Planets, the theory goes, evolve by colliding with each other.
  • Fusion involves small atomic nuclei colliding to form larger ones, a process that releases energy.
  • And instead of being imprisoned in cages to stop them colliding with people and machines, they will be free to wander.
  • Many of these were caused not by an interrupted supply, but by demand growth colliding with unresponsive supply.
British Dictionary definitions for colliding


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 colliding



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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