implode


im·plode

verb \im-ˈplōd\

: to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way

im·plod·edim·plod·ing

Full Definition of IMPLODE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to burst inward <a blow causing a vacuum tube to implode>
b :  to undergo violent compression <massive stars which implode>
2
:  to collapse inward as if from external pressure; also :  to become greatly reduced as if from collapsing
3
:  to break down or fall apart from within :  self-destruct <the firm … imploded from greed and factionalism — Jan Hoffman>
transitive verb
:  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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