noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin collision-, collisio, from collidere Date: 15th century 1. an act or instance of colliding ; clash 2. an encounter between particles (as atoms or molecules) resulting in exchange or transformation of energy Synonyms: see impactcollisional adjectivecollisionally adverb

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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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