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implode

[im-plohd]
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verb (used without object), im·plod·ed, im·plod·ing.
  1. to burst inward (opposed to explode).
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verb (used with object), im·plod·ed, im·plod·ing.
  1. 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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  • 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

implode

verb
  1. to collapse or cause to collapse inwards in a violent manner as a result of external pressurethe vacuum flask imploded
  2. (tr) to pronounce (a consonant) with or by implosion
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Word Origin

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

v.

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

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