im·​plo·​sion im-ˈplō-zhən How to pronounce implosion (audio)
: the action of imploding
: 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
: the inrush of air in forming a suction stop
implosive adjective or noun

Examples of implosion in a Sentence

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Word History


in- entry 2 + -plosion (as in explosion)

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of implosion was in 1877

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“Implosion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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im·​plo·​sion im-ˈplō-zhən How to pronounce implosion (audio)
: the action of imploding
implosive adjective

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