im·​plo·​sion | \ im-ˈplō-zhən How to pronounce implosion (audio) \

Definition of implosion

1 : the inrush of air in forming a suction stop
2 : the action of imploding
3 : the act or action of bringing to or as if to a center also : integration this implosion of cultures makes realistic for the first time the age-old vision of a world culture — Kenneth Keniston

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Other Words from implosion

implosive \ im-​ˈplō-​siv How to pronounce implosive (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective or noun

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View Sample Sign Up Now IRAN Trump abandoned Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, ramped up sanctions and brought Tehran to the brink of economic implosion. Kimberly Dozier, Time, "President Trump Boasts About What He's Done for the World. But These 6 Hotspots Are Still Simmering," 4 July 2019 Facing the possibility of major defections, a roster implosion or a backbreaking salary cap position, Brand tap-danced his way through the minefield in impressive fashion. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "76ers emerge from inventive free agency as true contenders," 3 July 2019 Eventually, a hard life on the road coupled with the band’s decline in popularity caused an implosion. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really)," 6 June 2019 Barring a spectacular implosion, the evening is unlikely to reshape the race. Vera Bergengruen / Miami, Time, "Winning the First Debate? Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan for That," 26 June 2019 Krawcheck, who left Citigroup in September 2008 a week after the implosion of Lehman Brothers, said Wall Street's lack of diversity only added to the problems caused by excessive leverage and greed. Matt Egan, CNN, "Sallie Krawcheck: Wall Street's lack of diversity contributed to the financial crisis," 21 June 2019 The implosion of the Dream Team opened the way for Theresa May to become Prime Minister. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 Last year, after the implosion of a credit bubble in person-to-person lending, Beijing clamped down tech firms horning into financial services. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Cash Is Quickly Disappearing From China's Economy—Data Sheet," 5 June 2019 Some predict open war, or even a Syrian-style implosion that sucks in outside powers. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of implosion

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for implosion

in- entry 2 + -plosion (as in explosion)

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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