Implosion



[im-ploh-zhuh n] /ɪmˈploʊ ʒən/

noun
1.
the act of imploding; a bursting inward (opposed to ).
2.
Phonetics.

/ɪmˈpləʊʒən/
noun
1.
the act or process of imploding: the implosion of a light bulb
2.
(phonetics) the suction or inhalation of breath employed in the pronunciation of an ingressive consonant
n.

“a bursting inward,” 1829, modeled on explosion, with assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)).

And to show how entire the neglect and confusion have been, they speak in the same breath of all these explosions, and of the explosion of a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, the result of which, instead of being a gas or an enlargement of bulk, a positive quantity, is a negative one. It is a vacuum, in a popular sense, because the produce is water. The result is an implosion (to coin a word), not an explosion …. [“Gas-light,” “Westminster Review,” October 1829]

In early use often in reference to effect of deep sea pressures, or in phonetics. Figurative sense is by 1960.

implosion im·plo·sion (ĭm-plō’zhən)
n.

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