Definition of implosive in English:

implosive

adjective

  • 1Formed by implosion; tending to implode.

    • ‘The hydraulic press doesn't present the fire or safety hazard the implosive sleeve process does.’
    • ‘It has through its expertise in metallurgy and design diversified through research and product innovation into various fields such as implosive fittings for overhead transmission lines.’
    • ‘But none of these assessments really responds to the way this novel repeats, elaborates, and extends Rushdie's earlier representations of explosive and implosive life shapes.’
    • ‘We propose to continue, and hopefully complete, development of an implosive seismic source which can be used on the seafloor.’
    • ‘This paper describes the basic principals behind this new technology and compares the implosive method with the hydraulic method.’
    • ‘There are several advantages in using an implosive source for seismic imaging beneath the seafloor.’
    • ‘And aside from an overwrought moment or two, all four actors turn in gracefully subtle and passively implosive performances.’
    • ‘He looked as if he was about to collapse from an implosive impact.’
    • ‘The actor Oliver Reed who played Gerald in the 1969 film had an implosive presence onscreen.’
    • ‘The pressure is implosive; few players make the transition to tennis star without losing a sense of perspective.’
    • ‘The scene is utter heartbreak and further clarifies Tracy's underlying implosive anger.’
    • ‘In other words, what interests them are not explosive climaxes, where phrases erupt and spew forth Vesuvius-like, but something more quiescent, thoughtful and indeed, implosive.’
    • ‘This process uses implosive energy to do the work of compression.’
    • ‘It describes an implosive economy of violence in which only an outsider could intervene: it is an economy running on poverty and isolation (not an ontological ‘male’ malevolence).’
    • ‘Even though it has a great many potentially implosive elements stacked against its success, it is actually a very good, very intense action thriller.’
  • 2Phonetics
    Denoting a type of consonant produced in the glottis with an ingressive air flow.

    • ‘Empty trances differ from mystical illumination in being implosive rather than infusive absorptions; moreover, trances are dense and dark rather than ethereal and bright.’
    • ‘This translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Fula includes implosive consonants.’
    • ‘She is never given to hysteria, or explosive passion, as much as she is to exploring implosive energy that builds, as if by stealth, into something more meaningful and inevitable.’

Pronunciation

implosive

/ɪmˈpləʊsɪv/