- to burst inward (opposed to explode).
- Phonetics. to pronounce by implosion.
Origin of implode
Examples from the Web for implode
The opening bluff in this game has already been called—the economy will not implode next week due to the sequester cuts.Washington’s Sequester Is Not a Poker Game
March 2, 2013
The Tea Party would prefer “burn baby burn,” for the rotten edifice to implode so that a new one can be built in its place.Cheers to Ben Bernanke & Central Bankers
September 13, 2012
Contrary to what many are now predicting, Europe—reeling though it is—will not implode.Why Europe Won’t Implode
September 27, 2011
Facing insolvency, can the USPS reinvent itself like European services have—or will it implode?This Week's Best Reads
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2011
Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq will begin to implode, confronting Mr. Obama with the deadly choice: cut losses or drown.8 Nightmares in 2011: U.S. Economy, Olbermann, More
Leslie H. Gelb
January 23, 2011
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
- 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
Word Origin and History for implode
1870 (implied in imploded), back-formation from implosion. Related: Imploding.