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 implosion (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective or noun

Examples of implosion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The industry’s latest black eye is Archegos Capital Management’s implosion, which in March triggered more than $10 billion in combined losses for banks that helped facilitate the family office’s wrong-way bets on stocks., 24 May 2021 The film’s depiction of one block in a Brooklyn neighborhood and its climactic implosion pivots on gentrification, police brutality and systemic injustice that Lee refuses to name. New York Times, 20 May 2021 The rotation implosion comes at an unfortunate time for Cleveland, which has 10 games in the next nine days prior to the Indians’ next off day, which is on June 3. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Then there was the implosion of Archegos Capital, which collapsed after making big wagers on media stocks using extreme leverage and complex derivatives. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 As Levee, a cocky Jazz Age trumpeter with big dreams and a hair-trigger temper, Boseman delivers August Wilson’s arias of self-implosion with mesmerizing finesse. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2021 In the aftermath of that implosion, Compass’s chief financial officer sent an email to employees insisting that their company was different. Reeves Wiedeman, Curbed, 6 Apr. 2021 The fallout of the Archegos Capital implosion continues with a new report tallying up the banks' losses at up to $10 billion. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2021 Because of environmental concerns, there was no impressive implosion that would have reduced it to rubble in a matter of moments. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Implosion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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