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NOUN (3)

1. (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together;
- Example: "the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction"
[syn: collision, hit]

2. an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object;
- Example: "three passengers were killed in the collision"
- Example: "the collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill"

3. a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals;
- Example: "a collision of interests"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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; interference. [1913 Webster] The collision of contrary false principles. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster] Sensitive to the most trifling collisions. --W. Irving. Syn: Conflict; clashing; encounter; opposition. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

collision n 1: (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" [syn: collision, hit] 2: an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object; "three passengers were killed in the collision"; "the collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill" 3: a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals; "a collision of interests"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

132 Moby Thesaurus words for "collision": accident, antagonism, antipathy, antithesis, appulse, backlash, bad blood, belligerence, blow, brunt, bulldozing, bulling, bump, calamity, cannon, carambole, carom, casualty, cataclysm, catastrophe, clash, clashing, competition, concussion, conflict, confrontation, confutation, contention, contradiction, contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety, contrariness, contrast, contretemps, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking, crack-up, crankiness, crash, cross-purposes, crotchetiness, crump, crunch, demolishment, despitefulness, destruction, dilapidation, disaccord, disagreement, disaster, discrepancy, dissension, dissent, encounter, enmity, fractiousness, friction, grief, hammering, hate, hatred, hostility, ill hap, impact, impingement, inconsistency, inimicalness, interference, jar, jolt, kick, malevolence, malice, malignity, mauling, meeting, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, nasty blow, near-miss, negativeness, nonconformity, noncooperation, obstinacy, onslaught, oppositeness, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, percussion, perverseness, perversity, pileup, polarity, quarrelsomeness, ramming, reaction, recalcitrance, recoil, refractoriness, renitency, repercussion, repugnance, resistance, revolt, rivalry, ruin, shipwreck, shock, showdown, sideswipe, sledgehammering, smash, smash-up, smashing, smashup, spite, spitefulness, staggering blow, swimming upstream, thrusting, tragedy, uncooperativeness, vying, whomp, wreck
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

collision 1. When two hosts transmit on a network at once causing their packets to corrupt each other. See collision detection. 2. hash collision. (1995-01-06)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

COLLISION, maritime law. It takes place when two ships or other vessels run foul of each other, or when one runs foul of the other. In such cases there is almost. always a damage incurred. 2. There are four possibilities under which an accident of this sort may occur. 1. It may happen without blame being imputable to either party, as when the loss is occasioned by a storm, or any other vis major; in that case the loss must be borne by the party on whom it happens to light, the other not being responsible to him in, any degree. 3. - 2. Both parties may be to blame, as when there has been a want of due diligence or of skill on both sides; in such cases, the loss must be apportioned between them, as having been occasioned by the fault of both of them. 6 Whart. R. 311.. 4. - 3. The suffering party may have been the cause of the injury, then he must bear the loss. 5. - 4. It may have been the fault of the ship which ran down the other; in this case the injured party would be entitled to an entire compensation from the other. 2 Dodson's Rep. 83, 85; 3 Hagg. Adm. R. 320; 1 How. S. C. R. 89. The same rule is applied to steamers.. Id. 414. 6. - 5. Another case has been put, namely, when there has been some fault or neglect, but on which side the blame lies, is uncertain. In this case, it does not appear to be settled whether the loss shall be apportioned or borne by the suffering party opinions on this subject are divided. 7. A collision between two ships on the high seas, whether it be the result of accident or negligence, is, in all cases, to be deemed a peril of the seas within the meaning of a policy of insurance. 2 Story, R. 176; 3 Sumn. R. 889. Vide, generally, Story, Bailm. Sec. 607 to 612; Marsh.. Ins. B. 1, c. 12, s. 2; Wesk. Ins. art. Running Foul; Jacobsen's Sea Laws, B. 4, c. 1; 4 Taunt. 126; 2 Chit. Pr. 513, 535; Code de Com. art. 407; Boulay- Paty, Cours de Dr. Commercial, tit. 12, s. 6; Pard. n. 652 to 654; Pothier, Avaries, n. 155; 1 Emerig. Assur. ch. 12, Sec. 14.