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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implode (ɪmˈpləʊd)
1.  to collapse or cause to collapse inwards in a violent manner as a result of external pressure: the vacuum flask imploded
2.  (tr) to pronounce (a consonant) with or by implosion
[C19: from im- + (ex)plode]

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Example sentences
During a major earthquake, the hollow columns could implode and collapse.
During the rarefaction, small vacuum cavities are formed that collapse or
  implode during compression.
Not only could the tunnel implode at any moment but also the lake, held back by
  only a wall of ice, could drain in a flash.
So the entire world did not implode as a result of that ruling.
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