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implode

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verb im·plode \im-ˈplōd\

Simple Definition of implode

  • : to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way

Full Definition of implode

im·plod·edim·plod·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to burst inward <a blow causing a vacuum tube to implode> b :  to undergo violent compression <massive stars which implode>

  3. 2 :  to collapse inward as if from external pressure; also :  to become greatly reduced as if from collapsing

  4. 3 :  to break down or fall apart from within :  self-destruct <the firm … imploded from greed and factionalism — Jan Hoffman>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to implode

Examples of implode

  1. <a controlled demolition during which the entire building imploded in a matter of seconds>



Origin of implode

2in- + -plode (as in explode)


First Known Use: 1881



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