- 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 clashing
Some brought rocks and bricks, intent on clashing with the police.St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson
December 25, 2014
Picasso, with his polka-dot shirt and clashing tie attempted an air of bravado, but lost confidence by the minute.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
After clashing with coach Victor Tikhonov, a KGB-installed tyrant, he chose to challenge the government and defect to the NHL.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin
October 9, 2014
They are clashing with Israeli police with a ferocity not seen since the second Intifada.The Seeds of the Next Intifada
July 7, 2014
History does not record whether it was enforced, though Indians and NOPD kept on clashing.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
There was a sound of rude voices, and a clashing of swords and staves.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
There was a great snarling and growling, a clashing of teeth and a flurry of bodies.White Fang
He sees Germany still a mere crazy-quilt of clashing states.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
She got up with a clashing of little chains and yawned broadly.The Prisoner
The policies of the English colonists and of their general government were ever clashing.Afloat on the Ohio
Reuben Gold Thwaites
- 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 clashing
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.