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UK [kəˈlɪʒ(ə)n] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "collision":
singular collision plural collisions
1) an accident in which a person or vehicle that is moving crashes into something
collision between:

There was a collision between the French and German boats.

in collision with:

Their car was in collision with an ambulance.

a head-on collision (= in which the front of one vehicle crashes into the front of another):

The stolen car was involved in a head-on collision with a truck.

2) a very serious argument
a head-on collision (= a situation in which agreement is impossible):

an attempt to avoid a head-on collision between the different branches of the party

a) a very great difference between ideas or beliefs which means that they do not work together
b) an occasion when two very different things meet or come together

The affair is described as a collision between personality and principle.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • collision — [ kɔlizjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1480; lat. collisio 1 ♦ Choc de deux corps qui se rencontrent. ⇒ impact. Collision entre deux voitures, deux trains. ⇒ accident, accrochage, télescopage. Entrer en collision avec (qqch.) :heurter (qqch.). Assurance tierce… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • collision — col‧li‧sion [kəˈlɪʒn] noun [countable, uncountable] 1. INSURANCE when a vehicle hits another vehicle or object, causing damage: • His car was in collision with another vehicle. • All aircraft are now fitted with collision avoidance equipment. 2 …   Financial and business terms

  • collision — I (accident) noun concussion, contact, convergence, crash, encounter, impact, impingement, jar, jolt, meeting, percussion, pileup, shock, striking together, sudden contact, violent contact associated concepts: avoidable collision, collision auto… …   Law dictionary

  • Collision — (v. lat. Collisio), 1) das Zusammentreffen zweier harter Körper im Stoß; 2) Zusammentreffen entgegengesetzter Dinge od. Interessen in einem Punkte; 3) in der Jurisprudenz u. Moral das gleichzeitige Vorhandensein verschiedener Bestimmungen für… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Collision — Col*li sion, n. [L. collisio, fr. collidere. See {Collide}.] 1. The act of striking together; a striking together, as of two hard bodies; a violent meeting, as of railroad trains; a clashing. [1913 Webster] 2. A state of opposition; antagonism;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collision — COLLISION. s. f. Terme didactique. Le choe de deux corps. Les Philosophes expliquent plusieurs effets par la collision des corps …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • collision — early 15c., from M.Fr. collision (15c.), from L. collisionem (nom. collisio) a dashing together, noun of action from collidere (see COLLIDE (Cf. collide)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • collision — COLLISION. s. f. Le choc de deux corps. Les Philosophes expliquent plusieurs effets par la collision des corps. Il n est bon que dans le dogmatique …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Collision —   [engl.], Kollision …   Universal-Lexikon

  • collision — *impact, impingement, clash, shock, concussion, percussion, jar, jolt Analogous words: striking, hitting (see STRIKE vb): wrecking or wreck, ruining or ruin, dilapidation (see corresponding verbs at RUIN): demolishment, destruction (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • collision — [n] accident blow, bump, butt, concussion, contact, crash, demolishment, destruction, dilapidation, encounter, fender bender*, headon*, hit, impact, jar, jolt, knock, percussion, pileup*, rap, ruin, shock, sideswipe, slam, smash, strike, thud,… …   New thesaurus

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