[ im-ploh-zhuh n ]
/ ɪmˈploʊ ʒən /


the act of imploding; a bursting inward (opposed to explosion).
  1. the occlusive phase of stop consonants.
  2. (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.
  3. the ingressive release of a suction stop.Compare plosion.


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Origin of implosion

First recorded in 1875–80; im-1 + (ex)plosion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for implosion

/ (ɪmˈpləʊʒən) /


the act or process of implodingthe implosion of a light bulb
phonetics the suction or inhalation of breath employed in the pronunciation of an ingressive consonant
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Medical definitions for implosion

[ ĭm-plōzhən ]


A type of behavior therapy in which the patient is repeatedly subjected to anxiety-arousing stimuli while the therapist attempts to extinguish the patient's anxiety and anxious behavior and replace them with more appropriate responses.
A bursting inward rather than outward.
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