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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Emil turned to the law firm for guidance on how best to protect its properties from potential damage arising from the implosion, which called for the felling of the approach trusses of the bridge by detonating explosives at key structural points on the bridge and allowing the road bed and its structural components to collapse to the ground below the bridge.
The CBO's analysis suggests that the real effect of ending cost-sharing reductions would not be an implosion of the ACA, but an explosion of the deficit.
In a statement voicing alarm at the deteriorating security situation in the conflict-wracked North African state, the allies also warned that Libya was on the brink of economic implosion because of a collapse in its production and the sliding value of crude.
An implosion was preferred as it was faster and minimized the dust and debris better than a mechanical demolition, according to the school.
In short the centre of gravity is based on creating an implosion within the institutions of the states either though the supra individuals or manipulating the three plains defined further by the use of irregular forces battle of networks increased access to global and domestic information platforms and reduced state capacity to respond to the challenge of decreased legitimacy for state action.
"Until now, only Central Africans were threatened, but if the (power) vacuum and implosion sets in, it will threaten all countries in the region: Chad, Sudan, the Congo and Camero0n."
The island was open to the public Sunday as normal after the implosion.
In The K-12 Implosion, Glenn Reynolds makes a commonsense argument that government-run schools are in a bubble--a bubble that is ready to pop.
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Using the OMEGA laser facility at the University of Rochester, scientists have demonstrated enhancement of the fusion yield from a magnetized laser-driven target implosion. A magnetic field of 80 kG was placed around the target and subsequently trapped and compressed by imploding the conductive plasma.
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