im·​plo·​sion | \ im-ˈplō-zhən \

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 , -​ziv \ adjective or noun

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The effort to tackle Bear Stearns’ implosion was the first major Fed response to the financial crisis. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "New York Fed Says It Wound Down Crisis Bailout Facility With $2.5 Billion Profit," 18 Sep. 2018 In 1998, there was a clear event, the Russian default and LTCM implosion, that prompted both the yield drop and the Fed response. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "What Happens When Bond Markets Get Weird," 3 Jan. 2019 The most realistic scenario to put Mike Leach’s Washington State team in the playoff involves Big Ten and Big 12 implosions. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Michigan up to 4th in CFP behind Alabama, Clemson, ND," 7 Nov. 2018 Yet if the worst fate that befalls the ball during this tournament is that an unfortunate few meet a premature implosion, soccer’s governing body will be happy. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Telstar World Cup ball could be embarrassing to Putin if he looks at its history," 21 June 2018 The potential applications for implosion fabrication are widespread, according to the MIT team. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Honey, I Shrunk Everything: MIT Scientists Can Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale," 18 Dec. 2018 What the city desperately needs now is the monumental implosion and mass outbreak of sadness that will come as a result of failing to sign LeBron James in free agency. The Crossover Staff,, "What's LeBron's Best Option This Summer? Debating 10 Teams and One Crazy Idea," 5 June 2018 But a flurry of corruption allegations against the leftist Workers’ Party, which ruled here from 2003 to 2016, and the recent implosion of the socialist regime in neighboring Venezuela have emboldened Brazil’s right. Samantha Pearson And Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil Voters Buck Status Quo With Rise of Right-Wing Firebrand," 8 Oct. 2018 Although the most advanced submarines ever built, the implosion of the Soviet Navy at the end of the Cold War effectively left them without an adversary. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Next Attack Submarine Will Be Big, Expensive," 22 Oct. 2018

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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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