- 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.
- 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
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1. hit, smash, clash.
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Examples from the Web for collide
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We don't want to run into a rock, or collide with something.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
And her turning so unexpectedly caused me to collide with her sharply.
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She had known Reed long enough not to be likely to collide with any of his prejudices.The Brentons
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He has control of his wheel and is as anxious not to collide as the other fellow.Social Life
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- to crash together with a violent impact
- to conflict in attitude, opinion, or desire; clash; disagree
C17: from Latin collīdere to clash together, from com- together + laedere to strike, wound
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Word Origin and History for collide
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