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English noun: collision

1. collision (event) (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together

SamplesThe collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction.


Broader (hypernym)contact, impinging, striking

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

2. collision (event) an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object

SamplesThree passengers were killed in the collision.
The collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill.

Broader (hypernym)accident

Narrower (hyponym)fender-bender, pileup, smash, smash-up

3. collision (communication) a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals

SamplesA collision of interests.

Broader (hypernym)conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute

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