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implode

Syllabification: im·plode
Pronunciation: /imˈplōd
 
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Definition of implode in English:

verb

1Collapse or cause to collapse violently inward: [no object]: the windows on both sides of the room had imploded [with object]: these forces would implode the pellet to a density 100 times higher than that of lead
More example sentences
  • The window to my left bowed inwards, then imploded in a spray of bottle-green glass and the carriage jerked violently to the side under me, slamming me into the upholstered wall.
  • The south tower collapsed on itself, imploding with a force that sent up a cloud of dust and debris so dense it could be seen by satellites orbiting Earth.
  • The plasma flying out from the ablation layer implodes the fuel, compressing its density about a thousand times and causing it to burn.
2 [with object] Phonetics Utter or pronounce (a consonant) with a sharp intake of air.

Origin

late 19th century: from in-2 'within' + Latin plodere, plaudere 'to clap', on the pattern of explode.

Derivatives

implosion

1
noun
Example sentences
  • We've compiled a list of the most significant implosions of the recent past and the stories surrounding them.
  • While we don't often hear about them, there are plenty of implosions happening in Europe.
  • Even though all the buildings had exactly the same design, blasters handled the implosions differently for each phase.

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