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

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 Remains to be seen what this means for arguably the league's most electric athlete, who didn't make it to the end of 2021's late-stage implosion. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 In the top of the sixth, before Law's implosion, the Tigers took a 3-1 lead on Schoop's RBI single with two outs. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2022 Piercy bogeyed four of six holes before a triple-bogey implosion on No. 14, allowing Finau — playing in the preceding trio — to take over for good. Fox News, 25 July 2022 In the aftermath of the TerraUSD/LUNA implosion that erased about $60 billion in value, bitcoin is down by more than 50% from its all-time high of nearly $69,000 reached in November. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 1 June 2022 The biggest, of course, was Zillow’s home-flipping implosion last November—one that caused even eternal growth optimist Cathie Wood to pare her positions in Zillow Z -2.59% Group and Opendoor Technologies. Laura Forman, WSJ, 6 May 2022 The implosion of Voyager, a crypto broker that filed for bankruptcy last week, has stung trading firms and small investors. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 12 July 2022 Meanwhile Britain is struggling with the near implosion of an airline industry facing cancellations of international flights and luggage mountains at Heathrow Airport. Sam Kiley, CNN, 30 June 2022 Just a month ago, the implosion of a popular coin helped trigger a crypto meltdown that erased $300 billion in value across the market. New York Times, 13 June 2022 See More

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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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“Implosion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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