verb (used without object), im·plod·ed, im·plod·ing.

to burst inward (opposed to explode).

verb (used with object), im·plod·ed, im·plod·ing.

Phonetics. to pronounce by implosion.

Origin of implode

First recorded in 1880–85; im-1 + (ex)plode Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Examples from the Web for implode

Contemporary Examples of implode

Historical Examples of implode

  • Technically, they did not explode but implode, but the hood with the revolver did not notice the difference.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for implode



to collapse or cause to collapse inwards in a violent manner as a result of external pressurethe vacuum flask imploded
(tr) to pronounce (a consonant) with or by implosion
Compare explode

Word Origin for implode

C19: from im- + (ex) plode
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Word Origin and History for implode

1870 (implied in imploded), back-formation from implosion. Related: Imploding.

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