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[kuh-lizh-uh n]
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  1. the act of colliding; a coming violently into contact; crash: the collision of two airplanes.
  2. a clash; conflict: a collision of purposes.
  3. Physics. the meeting of particles or of bodies in which each exerts a force upon the other, causing the exchange of energy or momentum.
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Origin of collision

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin collīsiōn- (stem of collīsiō), equivalent to collīs(us) (past participle of collīdere to collide) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscol·li·sion·al, adjectivean·ti·col·li·sion, adjective
Can be confusedcollision collusion
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Related Words

dilapidation, bump, slam, rap, pileup, crash, thud, impact, wreck, concussion, jar, jolt, percussion, thump, strike, blow, hit, knock, butt, encounter

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British Dictionary definitions for collision


  1. a violent impact of moving objects; crash
  2. the conflict of opposed ideas, wishes, attitudes, etca collision of interests
  3. physics an event in which two or more bodies or particles come together with a resulting change of direction and, normally, energy
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Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin collīsiō from Latin collīdere to collide
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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).

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