implode

[ im-plohd ]
/ ɪmˈploʊd /

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.

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Origin of implode

First recorded in 1880–85; im-1 + (ex)plode
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British Dictionary definitions for implode

implode

/ (ɪmˈpləʊd) /

verb

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

implode


v.

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

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