implode

verb im·plode \ im-ˈplōd \

Definition of implode

imploded; imploding
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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of implode

2in- + -plode (as in explode)

implode Synonyms


IMPLODE Defined for English Language Learners

implode

verb

Definition of implode for English Language Learners

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



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