From Latin collidere (“to strike or clash together”), from com- (“together”) + laedere (“to strike, dash against, hurt”); see lesion.
collide (third-person singular simple present collides, present participle colliding, simple past and past participle collided)
- (intransitive) To impact directly, especially if violent.
- When a body collides with another, then momentum is conserved.
- 1865, John Tyndall, The Constitution of the Universe (1869), page 14
- Across this space the attraction urges them. They collide, they recoil, they oscillate.
- 1837, Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Chapman and Hall, OCLC 1026761782, (please specify the book or page number):
- No longer rocking and swaying, but clashing and colliding.
- 2012 June 2, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Belgium”, in BBC Sport:
- And this friendly was not without its injury worries, with defender Gary Cahill substituted early on after a nasty, needless push by Dries Mertens that caused him to collide with goalkeeper Joe Hart, an incident that left the Chelsea defender requiring a precautionary X-ray at Wembley.
- (intransitive) To come into conflict, or be incompatible.
- China collided with the modern world.
to impact directly, especially if violent
to come into conflict, or be incompatible
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- collide in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- collide in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911