Implosion vs. Explosion - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Explosion

    An explosion is a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases. Supersonic explosions created by high explosives are known as detonations and travel via supersonic shock waves. Subsonic explosions are created by low explosives through a slower burning process known as deflagration.

Wiktionary

  • Implosion (noun)

    The inrush of air in forming a suction stop.

  • Implosion (noun)

    The action of imploding.

  • Implosion (noun)

    The act or action of bringing to or as if to a center.

  • Explosion (noun)

    A violent release of energy (sometimes mechanical, nuclear, or chemical.)

  • Explosion (noun)

    A bursting due to pressure.

  • Explosion (noun)

    The sound of an explosion.

  • Explosion (noun)

    A sudden uncontrolled increase.

  • Explosion (noun)

    A sudden outburst.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Implosion (noun)

    an instance of something collapsing violently inwards

    "the star undergoes a violent implosion caused by gravity"

  • Implosion (noun)

    a sudden failure or collapse of an organization or system

    "the country was facing economic implosion"

    "a global financial implosion"

  • Explosion (noun)

    a violent shattering or blowing apart of something, as is caused by a bomb

    "three explosions damaged buildings at the barracks"

    "an explosion of methane gas"

  • Explosion (noun)

    a violent expansion in which energy is transmitted outwards as a shock wave.

  • Explosion (noun)

    a sudden outburst of something such as violent emotion, especially anger

    "an explosion of anger inside the factory"

  • Explosion (noun)

    a sudden political or social upheaval

    "there will have to be sweeping changes if the political leaders want to avoid an explosion"

  • Explosion (noun)

    a sudden increase in amount or extent

    "an explosion in the adder population"

Webster Dictionary

  • Implosion (noun)

    A bursting inwards, as of a vessel from which the air has been exhausted; - contrasted with explosion.

  • Implosion (noun)

    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.

  • Implosion (noun)

    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.

  • Explosion (noun)

    The act of exploding; detonation; a chemical action which causes the sudden formation of a great volume of expanded gas; as, the explosion of gunpowder, of fire damp, etc.

  • Explosion (noun)

    A bursting with violence and loud noise, because of internal pressure; as, the explosion of a gun, a bomb, a steam boiler, etc.

  • Explosion (noun)

    A violent outburst of feeling, manifested by excited language, action, etc.; as, an explosion of wrath.

  • Explosion (noun)

    a sudden and substantial increase; a rapid acceleration; as, the population explosion.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Implosion (noun)

    a sudden inward collapse;

    "the implosion of a light bulb"

  • Implosion (noun)

    the initial occluded phase of a stop consonant

  • Explosion (noun)

    a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

  • Explosion (noun)

    the act of exploding or bursting something;

    "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"

    "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"

  • Explosion (noun)

    a sudden great increase;

    "the population explosion"

    "the information explosion"

  • Explosion (noun)

    the noise caused by an explosion;

    "the explosion was heard a mile away"

  • Explosion (noun)

    the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

  • Explosion (noun)

    a sudden outburst;

    "an explosion of laughter"

    "an explosion of rage"

  • Explosion (noun)

    a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball

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