- the act of imploding; a bursting inward (opposed to explosion).
- the occlusive phase of stop consonants.
- (of a stop consonant) the nasal release heard in the common pronunciation of eaten, sudden, or mitten, in which the vowel of the final syllable is greatly reduced.
- the ingressive release of a suction stop.Compare plosion.
Origin of implosion
Examples from the Web for implosion
After the implosion of the project, Harris relocated to a commercial apple orchard in upstate New York.A ‘Truman Show’ For Today: The Return of Josh Harris
July 11, 2014
The tsunami of value destruction would dwarf the Lehman Brothers implosion, says Daniel Gross.Debt-Limit Disaster Is Exponentially Worse Than 2008 Lehman Debacle
October 8, 2013
But these stories always end the same way, with the implosion of the would-be demagogue.‘Armed Mafia Are Stalking Us’—Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones Melts Down
January 8, 2013
More important, her implosion prompted voters look at John McCain and ask: What in the hell was that guy thinking?Romney Risks a Worse VP Pick Than Palin by Going With Boring Choice
August 7, 2012
Grimm inquired if there had even been “unreconciled differences” prior to the implosion.Jon Corzine Can’t Answer $1.2 Billion Question About MF Global at Hearing
December 16, 2011
- the act or process of implodingthe implosion of a light bulb
- phonetics the suction or inhalation of breath employed in the pronunciation of an ingressive consonant
Word Origin and History for implosion
And to show how entire the neglect and confusion have been, they speak in the same breath of all these explosions, and of the explosion of a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, the result of which, instead of being a gas or an enlargement of bulk, a positive quantity, is a negative one. It is a vacuum, in a popular sense, because the produce is water. The result is an implosion (to coin a word), not an explosion .... ["Gas-light," "Westminster Review," October 1829]
In early use often in reference to effect of deep sea pressures, or in phonetics. Figurative sense is by 1960.
- A type of behavior therapy in which the patient is repeatedly subjected to anxiety-arousing stimuli while the therapist attempts to extinguish the patient's anxiety and anxious behavior and replace them with more appropriate responses.
- A bursting inward rather than outward.