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

  • n. A stop consonant pronounced with the breath drawn in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Formed by implosion.
  • n. An implosive sound; an implodent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed by implosion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In phonology, produced by implosion: as, implosive stops.
  • n. A sound formed by implosion.


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  • Frederik Kortlandt expanded further on this by infusing it with the Glottalic Theory according to which PIE's ejectives became "implosive" in all dialects save Proto-Anatolian and Proto-Tocharian.

    Winter's Law in Balto-Slavic, "Hybrid Theory" and phonation - Part 1

  • "This kind of implosive seismicity is rare anywhere on Earth," said study author Robert Sohn,

    Signs of the Times

  • DNA and other large biological molecules seem to use another mechanism similar to the so-called Khohlov-implosion of macromolecules, a kind of implosive diminishing of the size of the dissolved molecule where its hydrodynamic radius diminishes by a factor of 1000 or more.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Because I show the signs of an "implosive" meltdown, in other words crying and hitting my head and sometimes screaming if it's bad, but they are rarely as a result of overstimulation but anger / losing my temper or of someone is messing on my computer when they didn't ask or sometimes when facing a phobia, so are they just tantrums or actual "meltdowns"?

    Wrong Planet Asperger / Autism Forums

  • Patrice Evra has been warned to expect a hostile reception when Manchester United play Marseille on Wednesday as he returns to France for his first match in his own country since his part in the nation's implosive World Cup campaign.

    Patrice Evra set for stormy Champions League reception at Marseille

  • However, they also worked very closely with Controlled Demolition Inc – an organization with a long history of managing large implosive flattening of manmade objects no longer wanted.

    Kuriositas: The Colossal K Cooling Tower Crashes

  • Few things can crush a team's spirit or sink it's won-loss record like an implosive bullpen.

    The impact of trading Matt Capps

  • He struck out Jason Michaels to start the inning, a positive sign that Storen, as he promised, had instantly moved past his implosive performance against the Phillies.

    Why Jim Riggleman pulled Drew Storen

  • Back then, the Pop Group were almost too much to take in: pretentious, arrogant, noisy, chaotic, violent to the point of implosive.

    The Pop Group: still blazing a trail that makes rock look conservative

  • Frederik Kortlandt goes so far as to assume that *h₁ as /ʔ/ comes from earlier **ˀd which he describes as both "preglottalic" and "implosive" interchangeably without anything but circumstantial evidence.

    Against the *dkmtóm camp


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