- 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.
- 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.
Origin of clash
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Examples from the Web for clash
Linsker initially escaped after the clash on the bridge but was arrested a short time later.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
A cynical old Chicago lawyer once described this as the theory that “out of the clash of lies, truth will emerge.”Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story
November 25, 2014
But it also sharpens the clash between two very ways of approaching history.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
But he never makes any clash we have public, and he calms me down a lot as well.The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning
October 19, 2014
Soon after that his clash with Ben Affleck, who nearly blew a gasket, sparked a national debate over Islam.Bill Maher: Yes, I Can Generalize About Muslims
October 16, 2014
Your ideas grow to clash with those held by every right-thinking man.American Notes
With the clash of our spells, no charm can redress our fate.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The swords flashed in the sun and then met with a clash that sounded far and near.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
There was a clash of steel outside, followed by the beat of drum.The Manxman
To the clash of their meeting came an echoing clash from beyond the table.The Tavern Knight
- to make or cause to make a loud harsh sound, esp by striking together
- (intr) to be incompatible; conflict
- (intr) to engage together in conflict or contest
- (intr) (of dates or events) to coincide
- (intr) (of colours) to look ugly or inharmonious together
- a loud harsh noise
- a collision or conflict
- Scot gossip; tattle
Word Origin and History for clash
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.
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.