Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A violent collapse inward, as of a highly evacuated glass vessel.
  • n. Violent compression.
  • n. The inward collapse of a building that is being demolished in a controlled fashion by the weakening and breaking of structural members by explosives.
  • n. Linguistics The pronunciation of a stop consonant with the breath drawn in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The inrush of air in forming a suction stop.
  • n. The action of imploding.
  • n. The act or action of bringing to or as if to a center.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bursting inwards, as of a vessel from which the air has been exhausted; -- contrasted with explosion.
  • n. The inward-moving detonation wave cause by detonation of explosives arrayed spherically around a core; -- a technique used in atomic bombs to compress fissionable material to allow a chain reaction time to produce an explosion of the fissionable material.
  • n. A sudden compression of the air in the mouth, simultaneously with and affecting the sound made by the closure of the organs in uttering p, t, or k, at the end of a syllable (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§159, 189); also, a similar compression made by an upward thrust of the larynx without any accompanying explosive action, as in the peculiar sound of b, d, and g, heard in Southern Germany.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden collapse or bursting inward: opposed to explosion.
  • n. In phonology, see the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sudden inward collapse
  • n. the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant

Etymologies

in-2 + (ex)plosion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Your implosion is a daily treat, and NO ONE on the Democrat side – me included – is going to get in the way of elevating Palin (geez ... talk about a Messiah complex; at least our guy can understand Earth is greater than 5000 years old).

    CNN Poll: Palin's popularity on the rise

  • No my friend the critical mass has been reached and the implosion is happening as we watch.

    Bishops in Space « Anglican Samizdat

  • And that implosion is a development with far-reaching implications.

    When No News Is Bad News

  • This cycle, coverage of the McCain implosion seems an exception, since it was a full-on implosion and not simply subtle changes and rivalries that are naked to the non-obsessed eye.

    Clinton War Stories - Swampland - TIME.com

  • The main reason for this implosion is two incomes being required to afford the mortgage.

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  • Today such an implosion is a real possibility if arrogance overcomes humility.

    ID Research, Look to the Example

  • The officials briefed on the intelligence, speaking on condition of anonymity because the report has not yet been released, say the experts identified a structure there that some believe is a testing capsule for what is called an "implosion device."

    NYT > Home Page

  • The road to political implosion is short, especially when pock-marked by passivity and a foggy foreign policy.

    NY Post: News

  • All this invasion of twitter by businesses tells me that an implosion is going to follow the ‘tipping point’ – may be Om meant the ‘tipping point’ to be the falling over of an edifice without sound foundation:).

    Twitter’s Tipping Point

  • It’s great to see that the implosion is underway … ..

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