im·​plo·​sion | \ im-ˈplō-zhən How to pronounce implosion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce implosive (audio) , -​ziv \ adjective or noun

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In other words, there could be another implosion like the collapse of Lehman Brothers the September before. Matt Egan, CNN, "Citigroup was in shambles. This is how Dick Parsons helped save it," 5 Sep. 2019 The origins of General Electric ’s recent implosion go back, according to a canny financial observer, to the low-cost capital that Jack Welch’s star status secured for the acquisitive conglomerate during his tenure as CEO from 1981 through 2001. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Stock-Market Volatility Can Be Good for the Economy," 24 Dec. 2018 Crowds gathered at dawn on Sunday to see the implosion of the 375-foot towers at the Didcot facility in Oxfordshire. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Watch: Towers’ implosion is spectacular — and then it goes wrong," 19 Aug. 2019 But with exploding growth came an implosion of her business. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Rachel Ashwell's Not Doing Too Shabby," 6 Aug. 2019 The implosion at 505 N. Ervay St. was set off shortly after 7:30 a.m., but road closures began at 6 a.m. to create a safety zone inside Pacific Avenue, North Field Street, San Jacinto Street and North St. Paul Street. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Watch: Office building owned by First Baptist Dallas demolished downtown," 28 June 2019 This collapse foreshadowed the implosion of the U.S. market, which followed a year or so later. Richard N. Foster, Fortune, "The Root Causes of the U.S.-China Trade War," 6 Aug. 2019 Maeda’s third-inning implosion negated an early 3-0 lead. Los Angeles Times, "Max Muncy’s walk-off double lifts Dodgers over Padres in slugfest," 4 Aug. 2019 Smith cites the recent implosion of the 12-story First Pasadena Bank building in Pasadena, which also evoked memories from area residents at the loss of a landmark. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Demolition of Clear Lake Theatre building sparked memories," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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