1Collapse or cause to collapse violently inwards.no object ‘both the windows had imploded’
break up, break, break into pieces, crack apart, crack open, shatter, splinter, fracture, burst apart, explode, blow apart, implode
- ‘the plasma implodes the fuel’
- 1.1no object End or fail suddenly or dramatically.‘can any amount of aid save the republic from imploding?’
- ‘he lost money when the market imploded’
Late 19th century from in-‘within’ + Latin plodere, plaudere ‘to clap’, on the pattern of explode.
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