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implosion

[im′plō·zhən]
(chemistry)
The sudden reduction of pressure by chemical reaction or change of state which causes an inrushing of the surrounding medium.
(physics)
A bursting inward, as in the inward collapse of an evacuated container (such as the glass envelope of a cathode-ray tube) or the compression of fissionable material by ordinary explosives in a nuclear weapon.
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The implosion of the old Bay Bridge s largest pier occurred just after sunrise last Saturday, culminating years of planning and coordination with permitting agencies.
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We've witnessed the final implosion of Ralph Reed," said Charles Bullock, a political scientist at the University of Georgia.
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Kevin Sanders, Mayor of Asbury Park, said, "Just weeks ago at a development site just a few yards down Ocean Avenue, we witnessed the implosion of C-8, the last remaining skeletal symbol of past years' failed redevelopment efforts.
WITH THE CONVICTION of Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, the CEOs who guided Enron through its meteoric rise and even more spectacular implosion of fraud and conspiracy, an era has come to an end.
Argentina is clearly on the road to recovery after its economic implosion of 2002.
We are realizing the worst prophecies of aging and demographic implosion, and European politicians should be seeing this with alarm," said the Cardinal.