American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To explode or cause to explode.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to explode; specifically, to cause to explode with great suddenness and with a loud report.
- To explode with great suddenness and with a loud noise: as, niter detonates with sulphur.
- v. intransitive To explode; to blow up. Specifically, to combust supersonically via shock compression.
- v. transitive To cause an explosion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To explode with a sudden report.
- v. To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a sudden report.
- v. cause to burst with a violent release of energy
- v. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
- From Latin detonāre. It meant "to stop thundering", e.g. as in weather (de- = "from", tonare = "to thunder"). The current English meaning seems to be a new formation in postclassical times. (Wiktionary)
- Latin dētonāre, dētonāt-, to thunder down : dē-, de- + tonāre, to thunder; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I couldn't have been more confused had they used the word "detonate.”
“One, a car bombing that was found in the -- a car bomb I should say, it did not detonate, which is the good news -- found in the Haymarket Theatre district as smoke coming out the passenger side of that vehicle.”
“It was theorized that a round with much less than full case capacity of powder may sometimes "detonate" en mass instead of the normal burn from one end of the powder column to the other, this detonation produces a instant pressure spike that is so sudden that the bullet's inertia cannot be overcome quickly enough to let the pressure lower.”
“Make the grenade "detonate" and anything within a certain radius would pick this signal up and register a kill, anything beyond this radius would not pick up the signal.”
“Leland: When I first read "a pressure switch in the seat to denote a person", I thought you wrote "detonate".”
“With power already supplied, the only thing that’s needed to detonate is to complete the electrical circuit.”
“The mine will "detonate" with 10lbs of pressure, and will produce a loud report.”
“When the total number of addresses on the list reaches some threshold-10 million, perhaps - the servers "detonate," and all on their lists receive an email in the morning instructing them to converge in the center of their city that same afternoon.”
“Some beam rider systems may be able to send commands to the missile, most commonly "detonate" or "turn on proximity fuze".”
“If I check it in as luggage, should I inform the check-in desk about the content so that I don't create some national security incident where they close down the airport and bring remote controlled robots to "detonate" my poor lamp?”
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