Definition of implode
1a : to burst inward a blow causing a vacuum tube to implodeb : 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
: to cause to implode
Examples of implode in a Sentence
a controlled demolition during which the entire building imploded in a matter of seconds
Recent Examples of implode from the Web
Readers unlucky enough to have sat through MTV’s Video Music Awards last night are well aware that Britney Spears’ star has finally imploded.
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Origin and Etymology of implode
2in- + -plode (as in explode)
First Known Use: 1881
IMPLODE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of implode for English Language Learners
: to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way
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