Meaning of clash

clash

Pronunciation: (klash), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to make a loud, harsh noise: The gears of the old car clashed and grated.
  2. to come together or collide, esp. noisily: The cymbals clashed.
  3. to conflict; disagree: Their stories of the accident clashed completely.
  4. (of juxtaposed colors) to be offensive to the eye.
  5. to engage in a physical conflict or contest, as in a game or a battle (often fol. by with): The Yankees clash with the White Sox for the final game of the season.
—v.t.
  1. to strike with a resounding or violent collision: He clashed his fist against the heavy door.
  2. to produce (sound) by or as by collision: The tower bell clashed its mournful note.
—n.
  1. a loud, harsh noise, as of a collision: The automobiles collided with a terrible clash.
  2. a collision, esp. a noisy one.
  3. a conflict; opposition, esp. of views or interests: a clash between nations.
  4. a battle, fight, or skirmish: The clash between the border patrols left three men dead.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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