• WordNet 3.6
    • n implosion the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant
    • n implosion a sudden inward collapse "the implosion of a light bulb"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Implosion A bursting inwards, as of a vessel from which the air has been exhausted; -- contrasted with explosion.
    • Implosion (Phon) A sudden compression of the air in the mouth, simultaneously with and affecting the sound made by the closure of the organs in uttering p t, or k, at the end of a syllable (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§159, 189); also, a similar compression made by an upward thrust of the larynx without any accompanying explosive action, as in the peculiar sound of b d, and g, heard in Southern Germany.
    • Implosion The inward-moving detonation wave cause by detonation of explosives arrayed spherically around a core; -- a technique used in atomic bombs to compress fissionable material to allow a chain reaction time to produce an explosion of the fissionable material.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n implosion A sudden collapse or bursting inward: opposed to explosion.
    • n implosion In phonology, see the extract.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formed by substitution of pref. im-, in for pref. ex-, in explosion,


In literature:

Two U-235 capsules rigged for slow implosion, sir.
"Equation of Doom" by Gerald Vance

In news:

Implosion of a former New Orleans hotel.
No air quality problems reported after implosion of former Grand Palace Hotel.
Grand Palace Hotel implosion a success.
Monumental implosion sees Nats blow largest lead in franchise history.
Bullpen implosion dooms Dodgers in 3-2 loss to Phillies.
A Perfect Implosion of Wetzel Hall.
Erin Andrews and Fox is a TV reality show ripe for implosion .
Unlike large metro areas, the Brazos Valley simply doesn't see many implosions .
Rosenberg (Inside the Revolution) says he—and his readers—must put everything on the line to save America from economic, social, and spiritual implosion .
In RIM's Hometown, Optimism Trumps a Sales Implosion .
Implosion of the Amway Arena, on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Sound Bites Insufficient as Bizav Braces for European Financial Implosion .
MMM > News > Novartis slashes 1,960 US sales and marketing jobs amid hypertension franchise implosion .
Your best view of the ConAgra implosion could be from your computer.
If you can't make it to the Huron Boat Basin or can't afford or haven't been invited to one of the VIP areas to watch Sunday's implosion of the ConAgra building, don't be too upset.

In science:

Jog & Solomon (1992) have suggested that merger induced starbursts can raise the ambient pressure in the ISM and trigger the implosion of the molecular clouds.
The Formation of Star Clusters
When the shock is close to the star’s outer boundary, its behavior follows the self-similar solution given by Sari (2005) for implosions in planar geometry.
Self-similar solutions for relativistic shocks emerging from stars with polytropic envelopes
With a smaller size, automatic bulb manufacturing is eased and the risk of implosion decreased, with a possible saving in the plastic protection to damp implosions.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
Here we limit the discussion to the classic spherical 1D implosion test proposed by Noh [?].
Adaptive Multi-Dimensional Particle In Cell
There are two obvious mechanisms for obtaining this minimization process for the kinetic energy of the implosion: either the presence of rotation or the presence of new electrodynamical processes.
Fundamental physics from black holes, neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts