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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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 That caused jitters among Argentines, who have stashed away dollars as a cushion since the 2001 economic implosion, and a rush to buy scarcer dollars pushed the peso's value down. Almudena Calatrava, Fox News, "Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis," 10 Sep. 2018 Its protagonist: their prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, whose ascension to the top post in late March has pulled Ethiopia back from the brink of a political implosion. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Ethiopia’s New Leader Raises Hopes. Now Comes the Hard Part.," 23 June 2018 Abiy — a former soldier, minister of science and technology, and vice president of the Oromia region — took office in April, pulling Ethiopia back from the brink of a political implosion. Hadra Ahmed,, "Explosions hit rallies for leaders of Ethiopia, Zimbabwe," 23 June 2018 Bowyer got three wins there but was involved in the 2015 implosion of the team after NASCAR penalized MWR heavily for dancing around the rules in the regular-season finale. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Bowyer ends 190-race skid, gives son checkered flag he promised," 26 Mar. 2018 Mr Runciman argues that a latter-day failure of democracy will look very different to the implosion of the 1930s. The Economist, "The real resonances, and warnings, of Weimar Germany," 8 Mar. 2018 Yes, there were implosions like, but there was also Amazon. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "Demystifying the Blockchain," 27 June 2018 When investors did get spooked by a stock market implosion in 2015 and cash gushed out of the country, regulators tightened capital controls and squelched the turmoil. Michael Schuman,, "What If China Is Exempt From the Laws of Economics?," 24 Jan. 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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