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

Definition of implosion

1 : the action of imploding
2 : 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
3 : the inrush of air in forming a suction stop

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Other Words from implosion

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

Examples of implosion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reopening, now in full swing, has done little to stem what is fast turning into a major economic implosion that risks destabilizing the already volatile region. Liz Sly, Washington Post, "Lebanon’s currency takes a new dive, and there is no end in sight," 26 June 2020 However, endorsing armed resistance to Israel and cutting ties completely risks the implosion of his autonomy government and his political power base. Joshua Mitnick, The Christian Science Monitor, "Netanyahu’s annexation dilemma: Making history, but at what cost?," 25 June 2020 The implosion follows a tumultuous 18 months for the company punctuated by allegations of fraud, attacks by short sellers and questions over its accounting practices. Charles Riley, CNN, "Wirecard says missing $2 billion never existed. Its stock is down 85% in 3 days," 22 June 2020 In the midst of the pandemic and resulting economic implosion, industries such as fossil fuels, plastics, airlines, and automobiles have been scrambling for advantage. Beth Gardiner, National Geographic, "Why COVID-19 will end up harming the environment," 18 June 2020 This week's implosion follows a tumultuous 18 months for the company punctuated by allegations of fraud, attacks by short sellers and questions over its accounting practices. Charles Riley And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "Wirecard CEO quits after $2 billion goes missing and fraud accusations fly," 19 June 2020 Every bullpen implosion will feel that much more deflating. Bobby Nightengale,, "Opinion: Major League Baseball swings and misses during its turn in the spotlight," 10 June 2020 In the end, though, that says somewhat less about these activities themselves or individuals that undertake them than about the implosion of the social contract at large. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Small Acts of Care in a Failed State," 10 June 2020 That vision was challenged last year by the spectacular implosion of WeWork over allegations of mismanagement and self-dealing. Ben Dooley,, "SoftBank in crisis amid record losses," 18 May 2020

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First Known Use of implosion

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for implosion

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

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The first known use of implosion was in 1877

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4 Jul 2020

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“Implosion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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