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Explode vs. Implosion: Know the Difference

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"Explode" refers to a rapid expansion accompanied by the release of energy, while "implosion" involves a collapse inward due to external pressure.
Explode vs. Implosion

Key Differences

Explode refers to a violent bursting or rapid expansion with a release of energy, typically associated with combustion or a chemical reaction. Implosion, on the other hand, is the process of collapsing inward, often due to external pressure, resulting in a sudden decrease in volume.
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When something explodes, it breaks apart and expands outwardly, releasing energy, sound, and often debris. In contrast, implosion involves an object collapsing in on itself, usually creating a vacuum or void as it compresses.
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Explosions are often used in demolition, fireworks, and engines, where rapid expansion and release of energy are required. Implosions are less common but can be seen in scenarios like the collapse of a building or the crushing of a submarine at depth.
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The explosive process is generally associated with loud noises, heat, and light, indicative of energy dispersal. Implosions are typically quieter, characterized by inward motion and often require external forces like pressure or suction.
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Explosive materials contain a high amount of potential energy that is released suddenly. Implosive processes often involve the removal of support or pressure differences, leading to a rapid inward collapse.
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Explode and Implosion Definitions

Explode

To collapse inward
The old building imploded during demolition.
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Implosion

To become intensely compact
The star imploded into a black hole.
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Explode

To fail spectacularly
The company imploded after poor management decisions.
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Implosion

To fail spectacularly
The company imploded after poor management decisions.
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Explode

To compress or condense
The gas imploded under high pressure.
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Implosion

To fall apart from within
His argument imploded under scrutiny.
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Explode

To fall apart from within
His argument imploded under scrutiny.
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Implosion

To collapse inward
The old building imploded during demolition.
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Explode

To become intensely compact
The star imploded into a black hole.
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Implosion

A violent collapse inward, as of a highly evacuated glass vessel.
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Explode

To expand outward suddenly and usually violently due to the force of internal pressure or the release of chemical or nuclear energy
The bomb exploded.
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Implosion

Violent compression.
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Explode

To burst violently as a result of such expansion.
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Implosion

The inward collapse of a building that is being demolished in a controlled fashion by the weakening and breaking of structural members by explosives.
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Explode

To shatter with a loud noise
The vase exploded into tiny pieces when it hit the floor.
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Implosion

A catastrophic failure
The economy's implosion during the credit crisis.
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Explode

To make an emotional outburst
My neighbor exploded in rage at the trespassers.
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Implosion

(Linguistics) The pronunciation of a stop consonant with the breath drawn in.
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Explode

To increase suddenly, sharply, and without control
The population in this area has exploded during the past 12 years.
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Implosion

The inrush of air in forming a suction stop.
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Explode

To change state or appearance suddenly
Over the weekend the trees exploded with color.
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Implosion

The action of imploding.
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Explode

(Sports) To hit a golf ball out of a sand trap with a shot that scatters the sand.
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Implosion

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

To cause to release energy or burst violently and noisily
The children exploded three firecrackers.
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Implosion

Violent compression.
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Explode

To show to be false or unreliable
Explode a hypothesis.
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Implosion

A catastrophic failure; a sudden failure or collapse of an organization or system.
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Explode

(Sports) To hit (a golf ball) out of a sand trap with an explosive shot.
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Implosion

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

(transitive) To destroy with an explosion.
The assassin exploded the car by means of a car bomb.
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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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Explode

(transitive) To destroy violently or abruptly.
They sought to explode the myth.
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Implosion

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.
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Explode

(transitive) To create an exploded view of.
Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.
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Implosion

A sudden inward collapse;
The implosion of a light bulb
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Explode

To disprove or debunk.
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Implosion

The initial occluded phase of a stop consonant
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Explode

(intransitive) To fly apart with sudden violent force; to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.
The bomb explodes.
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Implosion

To compress or condense
The gas imploded under high pressure.
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Explode

To make a violent or emotional outburst.
She exploded when I criticised her hat.
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Explode

To increase suddenly.
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Explode

To ejaculate.
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Explode

To break (a delimited string of text) into several smaller strings by removing the separators.
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Explode

To decompress (data) that was previously imploded.
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Explode

(transitive) To open all doors and hatches on an automobile.
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Explode

Of a die, to produce the highest face result and consequently reroll.
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Explode

To become suddenly expanded into a great volume of gas or vapor; to burst violently into flame; as, gunpowder explodes.
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Explode

To burst with force and a loud report; to detonate, as a shell filled with powder or the like material, or as a boiler from too great pressure of steam.
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Explode

To burst forth with sudden violence and noise; as, at this, his wrath exploded.
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Explode

To drive from the stage by noisy expressions of disapprobation; to hoot off; to drive away or reject noisily; as, to explode a play.
Him old and youngExploded, and seized with violent hands.
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Explode

To bring into disrepute, and reject; to drive from notice and acceptance; as, to explode a scheme, fashion, or doctrine.
Old exploded contrivances of mercantile fraud.
To explode and exterminate dark atheism.
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Explode

To cause to explode or burst noisily; to detonate; as, to explode powder by touching it with fire.
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Explode

To drive out with violence and noise, as by powder.
But late the kindled powder did explodeThe massy ball and the brass tube unload.
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Explode

Cause to explode;
We exploded the nuclear bomb
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Explode

Burst outward, usually with noise;
The champagne bottle exploded
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Explode

Show a violent emotional reaction;
The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary
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Explode

Be unleashed; burst forth with violence or noise;
His anger exploded
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Explode

Destroy by exploding;
The enemy exploded the bridge
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Explode

Cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
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Explode

Drive from the stage by noisy disapproval
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Explode

Show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
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Explode

Increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner;
The population of India is exploding
The island's rodent population irrupted
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Are explosions always destructive?

Not always. Controlled explosions are used in engines and for entertainment in fireworks.
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Can implosions be controlled?

Yes, implosions are often controlled in demolition to collapse buildings safely.
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What causes an explosion?

Explosions are caused by a rapid expansion of gases, often from heat or chemical reactions.
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Can implosions generate energy?

Typically, implosions involve energy absorption rather than release.
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What is a vacuum implosion?

It's when a container collapses inward due to external pressure being greater than internal pressure.
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Can explosions be beneficial?

Yes, in mining and construction, controlled explosions are beneficial.
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Can implosions occur in nature?

Yes, like when a star collapses under its own gravity.
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What's a common scenario for an implosion?

Controlled demolition of buildings using implosion is common.
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Are implosions quiet?

They are quieter than explosions but can still produce noticeable sounds.
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What is a metaphorical explosion?

It refers to a rapid and significant increase or outburst, like in popularity or anger.
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Do explosions always involve fire?

Not always; some explosions, like those in space, don't involve fire.
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Is implosion a form of explosion?

No, they are opposite processes; implosion is inward, explosion is outward.
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Is dynamite an explosive material?

Yes, dynamite is a classic example of an explosive substance.
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