Collide vs Crush - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between collide and crush

is that collide is to impact directly, especially if violent while crush is to press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.

As a noun crush is

a violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.




  • To impact directly, especially if violent
  • When a body collides with another, then momentum is conserved.
  • * Tyndall
  • Across this space the attraction urges them. They collide , they recoil, they oscillate.
  • * Carlyle
  • No longer rocking and swaying, but clashing and colliding .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 2 , author= Phil McNulty , title=England 1-0 Belgium , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=And this friendly was not without its injury worries, with defender Gary Cahill substituted early on after a nasty, needless push by Dries Mertens that caused him to collide with goalkeeper Joe Hart, an incident that left the Chelsea defender requiring a precautionary X-ray at Wembley.}}
  • To come into conflict, or be incompatible
  • China collided with the modern world.


    * clash



    (wikipedia crush)


  • A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  • * Addison
  • the wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds
  • Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd.
  • Crowd which produces uncomfortable pressure.
  • A crush at a reception.
  • A violent crowding
  • A crowd control barrier
  • A short-lived infatuation or affection for.
  • The human object of infatuation or affection.
  • * 2004 , , Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
  • It had taken nine years from the evening that first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush .
  • A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling
  • A party, festive function
  • * 1890 ch 1
  • Two months ago I went to a crush at Lady Brandon's.
  • (Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar, or the season that this process takes place in.
  • Derived terms

    * crush hat * crush room * girl crush * man crush


  • To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.
  • to crush grapes
    Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, crushed , broken or cut. --Lev. xxii.
  • To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.
  • to crush quartz
  • * 1912 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 1
  • With a wild scream he was upon her, tearing a great piece from her side with his mighty teeth, and striking her viciously upon her head and shoulders with a broken tree limb until her skull was crushed to a jelly.
  • To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  • ''After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
  • To oppress or burden grievously.
  • To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  • The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels
  • To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force
  • an eggshell crushes easily
  • To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.
  • She's crushing on him.
  • (sports) to defeat emphatically
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 11 , author=Rory Houston , title=Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland , work=RTE Sport citation , page= , passage=A stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland all but sealed progress to Euro 2012 as they crushed nine-man Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the qualifying play-off tie in A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.}}

    Derived terms

    * crusher * crushing * crush on * crush out * crushed sugar * crushed velvet