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: the inrush of air in forming a suction stop
: the action of imploding
: the act or action of bringing to or as if to a center
this implosion of cultures makes realistic for the first time the age-old vision of a world culture — Kenneth Keniston
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1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1
in- entry 2 + -plosion (as in explosion)
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