the act or an instance of imploding; specif., in phonetics, the sudden rush of air into the pharynx that occurs in the articulation of certain stops found esp. in some African languages
Origin of implosion; from in- + (ex)plosion
- A violent collapse inward, as of a highly evacuated glass vessel.
- Violent compression.
- The inward collapse of a building that is being demolished in a controlled fashion by the weakening and breaking of structural members by explosives.
- A catastrophic failure: the economy's implosion during the credit crisis.
- Linguistics The pronunciation of a stop consonant with the breath drawn in.
Origin of implosionin–2 + (ex)plosion.
stages of the implosion of Baptist Memorial Hospital Medical Center