- the act of colliding; a coming violently into contact; crash: the collision of two airplanes.
- a clash; conflict: a collision of purposes.
- Physics. the meeting of particles or of bodies in which each exerts a force upon the other, causing the exchange of energy or momentum.
Origin of collision
Related Wordsdilapidation, bump, slam, rap, pileup, crash, thud, impact, wreck, concussion, jar, jolt, percussion, thump, strike, blow, hit, knock, butt, encounter
Examples from the Web for collision
Physicians are overwhelmed because we are in the middle of a collision of powerful unrestrained forces.Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
September 11, 2014
It was this music that would set up the collision between poor blacks and middle-class whites that would result in Rock & Roll.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
In November, Kiir dissolved all internal party structures, setting the two men on a collision course.Before There’s a Genocide: The Slaughter in South Sudan Must Stop
Justine Fleischner, John Prendergast
April 23, 2014
The train is once again on a collision course with five innocent people.Would You Kill the Fat Man? And Other Conundrums
December 6, 2013
From the Colorado train that fell into a creek to the North Carolina collision, see more rail disasters.The Five Deadliest Train Derailments in U.S. History
The Daily Beast
December 2, 2013
Fortunately for that fellow too,' said Tip, 'or he and I might have come into collision.'Little Dorrit
It would not even dare approach, for fear of collision with us.
A collision while underseas in a submarine is a serious matter.The Heads of Apex
You do not anticipate a collision because you are a brave man.The Night Riders
Something I heard of a collision with the law and of a forced assignment of his interests.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
- a violent impact of moving objects; crash
- the conflict of opposed ideas, wishes, attitudes, etca collision of interests
- physics an event in which two or more bodies or particles come together with a resulting change of direction and, normally, energy
Word Origin and History for collision
early 15c., from Middle French collision (15c.), from Latin collisionem (nominative collisio) "a dashing together," noun of action from collidere (see collide).