Definition of collision noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    collision

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kəˈlɪʒn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈlɪʒn//
     
    [countable, uncountable]collision (with somebody/something)|collision (between/of A and B) Motoring problems and accidents
     
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  1. 1an accident in which two vehicles or people crash into each other a collision between two trains Stewart was injured in a collision with another player. a head-on collision (= between two vehicles that are moving towards each other) a mid-air collision (= between two aircraft while they are flying) His car was in collision with a motorbike. Wind and ice were blamed for the collision involving up to 12 vehicles. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  2. 2(formal) a strong disagreement between two people or between opposing ideas, opinions, etc.; the meeting of two things that are very different a collision between two opposing points of view In his work we see the collision of two different traditions.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin collisio(n-), from Latin collidere ‘strike together’, from col- ‘together’ + laedere ‘to strike’.Extra examples I had a collision with a bus. She was injured in a collision. The car was in collision with a lorry. The collision occurred near the hospital. a head-on collision between two cars Australian food is an exciting collision of native, Asian and European cuisines. The problem comes from a collision between two opposing points of view.Idioms
      be on a collision course (with somebody/something)
       
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    1. 1to be in a situation which is almost certain to cause a disagreement or argument I was on a collision course with my boss over the sales figures.
    2. 2to be moving in a direction in which it is likely that you will crash into somebody/something A giant iceberg was on a collision course with the ship.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: collision