collide
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /kəˈlɑɪd/
Verb

collide (collides, present participle colliding; past and past participle collided)

  1. (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), [https://books.google.com/books?id=1jBbAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA14&dq=Tyndall+%22Across+this+space+the+attraction+urges+them.+They+collide,+they+recoil,+they+oscillate.%22#v=onepage&q=Across%20this%20space%20the%20attraction%20urges%20them.%20They%20collide%2C%20they%20recoil%2C%20they%20oscillate.%22&f=false page 14]
      Across this space the attraction urges them. They collide, they recoil, they oscillate.
    • No longer rocking and swaying, but clashing and colliding.
  2. (intransitive) To come into conflict, or be incompatible.
    China collided with the modern world.
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