- 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.
- implied warranty,
- implosion therapy,
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|Anthony Haden-Guest|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tsunami of value destruction would dwarf the Lehman Brothers implosion, says Daniel Gross.Debt-Limit Disaster Is Exponentially Worse Than 2008 Lehman Debacle|Daniel Gross|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|John Avlon|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michelle Cottle|August 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|December 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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.