Definition of Collision

1. Noun. (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together. "The collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction"

Exact synonyms: Hit
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Contact, Impinging, Striking
Derivative terms: Collide, Collide, Hit

2. Noun. An accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object. "The collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill"
Generic synonyms: Accident
Specialized synonyms: Fender-bender, Pileup, Smash, Smash-up
Derivative terms: Collide

3. Noun. A conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals. "A collision of interests"
Generic synonyms: Conflict, Difference, Difference Of Opinion, Dispute
Derivative terms: Collide

Definition of Collision

1. n. The act of striking together; a striking together, as of two hard bodies; a violent meeting, as of railroad trains; a clashing.

Definition of Collision

1. Noun. An instance of colliding. ¹

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Definition of Collision

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Medical Definition of Collision

1. Refers to the close approach of two or more particles, photons, atoms, nuclei, etc, during which such quantities as energy, momentum, and charge may be altered. More-or-less synonymous with scattering, except in scattering one generally thinks of one of the particles as being at rest, and the other colliding particles scatter from their initial direction of motion due to the collision. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Collision

colliquative albuminuria
colliquative degeneration
colliquative diarrhoea
colliquative necrosis
colliquative sweat
collision (current term)
collision bulkhead
collision bulkheads
collision course
collision cross-section
collision detection
collision detections
collision frequency
collision mat
collision mats
collision theory
collision time
collision tumour

Literary usage of Collision

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"The libel alleged that the collision occurred off Georgia Shoals, about two hundred miles from Sandy Hook, at nine and a half o'clock AM; that a dense fog ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1892)
"On the collision of Elastic Bodies." By SH BURBURY, FRS Received October 24, 1891. ... If a collision occurs, the change of direction of R due to it is ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"During the whole time of the collision the stopped end of the bar experiences a constant pressure, and at the middle of the collision the whole substance of ..."

4. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1858)
"The evidence as to the true canse of the collision is of difficult access. ... By whose fault the collision happened, is a question of fact for a jury, ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf, Simon Greenleaf Croswell (1892)
"The question of the admissibility of the log-book in favor of the vessel in cases of collision is fully discussed in the Henry Coxon, LR 3 Prob. Div. 156. ..."

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