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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implosive \im-ˈplō-siv, -ziv \ adjective or noun

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An assumption that the Tories would be the sole beneficiaries of UKIP’s implosion proved wrong in last year’s general election. The Economist, "Local elections may show a reconfiguration of British politics," 26 Apr. 2018 A year ago Beckham proved the standard in McAdoo’s program to be loose, and an implosion of the locker room followed. Albert Breer,, "The Odell Beckham Mess Puts the New Giants Regime to the Test," 26 Mar. 2018 The Soviet Union’s implosion robbed Cuba, for a time, of its greatest benefactor. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "Fidel Castro’s son, a bookish nuclear scientist, commits suicide," 1 Feb. 2018 Duplan mismanaged the digital-payments company, according to reports, and Clinkle’s dysfunction was widely mocked in the tech press through the company’s ugly implosion. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Another Failed Silicon Valley Exec Gets a Crypto Project," 22 June 2018 That, of course, does not factor in two other losses: Will Harris allowing two home runs in the seventh inning of a game against the Red Sox on June 2 — when the Astros had a one-run lead — or Ken Giles' self-implosion on May 1. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "GM Jeff Luhnow: Nationals' trade for Kelvin Herrera 'doesn't affect' Astros," 20 June 2018 Still, the Big 12’s balance sheet was robust despite two near implosions in the previous seven years. Andy Staples,, "After Its NFL Draft Bounceback, the Big 12 Sees an Encouraging Path Forward," 30 Apr. 2018 Jordan Spieth's implosion on the 12th in 2016 was No. Daniel Rapaport,, "Best Masters Memories From the Past 20 Years: No. 1 - Tiger's Chip-In," 4 Apr. 2018 Since the demise of the far-right British National Party five-odd years ago, and the implosion of the populist UK Independence Party after the Brexit referendum, voters to the right of the Tories have had no political home. The Economist, "Donald Trump lays into Britain’s Brexit plan," 13 July 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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