Origin of implosionfrom in- + (ex)plosion
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
- 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
- It's happened at the Wall in Germany, in Poland with the Solidarity Movement, the economic implosion of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan independence and now Iraq.
- Stay behind a safety shield or screen if an experiment you are watching could result in an implosion, explosion or fire flash.