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I'm looking for a word which describes that very instant when opposing soldiers, running into each other, collide.

I mean in hand-to-hand combat, like in the medieval times, probably with swords or other such weapons. I am trying to describe the effect/noise/impact the collision would create the first time they collide.

Is there a phrase or a term or a word for that?

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    Do you mean as in hand-to-hand combat? Soldiers don't usually "collide / bump into" enemy soldiers, even in the heat of battle. They use weapons. But in the broader sense, a military detachment might engage the enemy. May 22 '20 at 16:45
  • Yes I mean a hand-to-hand combat, like in the medieval times, probably with swords or other such weapons.
    – Manu
    May 22 '20 at 17:16
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    What exactly is wrong with collide, as in your question? I can't think of it normally having a meaning other than the instant of contact… May 22 '20 at 18:10
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    That's called melee or clash.
    – Void
    May 22 '20 at 18:13
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    You could say plunged into the fray.
    – Void
    May 22 '20 at 18:59
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A clash is onomatopoeic and given by Lexico as

clash
NOUN
3 A loud jarring sound, as of metal objects being struck together.

Without another thought, they spurred their horses forward as shouts erupted in the air and there was the clash of metal against metal.


And as a verb, Lexico has

clash
VERB
1 Meet and come into violent conflict.

Violence erupted on Tuesday when militants clashed with a bandit gang and 15 people were killed.

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