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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Besides buffering the state from a foster-care system implosion, Sutphin points to research suggesting children who have unfit parents thrive better mentally and emotionally when paired with relatives rather than strangers. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 That was clear in February when a slight uptick in U.S. inflation expectations sent rates higher and ultimately caused the implosion of a multibillion-dollar fund that bet against market volatility. WSJ, "What Will Trigger the Next Crisis?," 7 Sep. 2018 Among the other, more serious responses to the ban has been a litany of fandom history and advice posts being shared for the benefit of younger Tumblr users and others for whom the overnight implosion of their digital home was a new experience. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Frenchman Jean van de Velde’s implosion on the 18th hole. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The Beauty of Carnoustie Is Ugly Golf," 18 July 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'implosion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about implosion

Dictionary Entries near implosion








Statistics for implosion

Last Updated

8 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for implosion

The first known use of implosion was in 1877

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on implosion

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with implosion

Spanish Central: Translation of implosion

Nglish: Translation of implosion for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about implosion

Comments on implosion

What made you want to look up implosion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!