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[im-plohd] /ɪmˈploʊd/
verb (used without object), imploded, imploding.
to burst inward (opposed to explode).
verb (used with object), imploded, imploding.
Phonetics. to pronounce by implosion.
1880-85; im-1 + (ex)plode Unabridged
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Examples from the web for imploded
  • It's been this way for a long time, even now when the world has imploded and power centers have shifted.
  • The rise of grunge in the early nineties brought their party to an end, and the band gradually imploded.
  • The machine imploded, collapsing in on itself in spectacular fashion.
  • Then everything imploded, and company after company went under.
  • There would be many millions of tons of seafloor material above the imploded well to contain it.
  • But once the local housing market imploded, he sold the trucks and focused on repossessing vehicles from delinquent debtors.
  • Their ideology, they say, long ago imploded in a welter of violence.
  • Amid the squabbling, the programme imploded in the city that had invented it.
  • Home will be imploded to make room for its replacement.
  • Once the radios are in the building, the building is imploded.
British Dictionary definitions for imploded


to collapse or cause to collapse inwards in a violent manner as a result of external pressure: the vacuum flask imploded
(transitive) to pronounce (a consonant) with or by implosion
Compare explode
Word Origin
C19: from im- + (ex)plode
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Word Origin and History for imploded



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

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