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
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had hoped for a final vote by Friday, and the House of Representatives appeared ready to adopt the Senate bill -- if it doesn't implode first.
The country was at the brink of default, negotiations between Speaker Boehner and President Obama had imploded, Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to pronounce everything dead, and credit agencies were downgrading America.
Eventually, the individual insurance market would implode.
The OITNB fan base will surely implode once a photo of them together is released.
The company imploded overnight, firing more than half of its workforce.
Does anyone really want to risk chronic or autoimmune symptoms imploding over a $1.50 condom?
In the United States, a Republican Party that only months ago was imploding now controls the federal government.
With a majority of ballots counted from elections a day earlier in some 1,000 small cities and towns, the 5-Star Movement had imploded in all big races, including in Genoa, home of its leader and founder, comic Beppe Grillo.
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Origin and Etymology of implode
2in- + -plode (as in explode)
First Known Use: 1881See Words from the same year
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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