American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of exploding.
- n. An explosion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An explosion or sudden report made by heating or striking certain combustible bodies, as fulminating gold; explosion in mass.
- n. An explosion or sudden report made by the near-instantaneous decomposition or combustion of unstable substances as, the detonation of gun cotton. Specifically, combustion that spreads supersonically via shock compression.
- n. Engine knocking, an improper combustion in internal combustion engines
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An explosion or sudden report made by the instantaneous decomposition or combustion of unstable substances.
- n. the act of detonating an explosive
- n. a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
- From French détonation. (Wiktionary)
“Even minor deterioration at any part of the weapon will cause it to fail to detonate altogether; accidental detonation is about as likely as conservatives having an intelligent idea.”
“Hoodathunk (sponsored by the FSM, Noodles for Freedom!) says: accidental detonation is about as likely as conservatives having an intelligent idea.”
“They were rendered today, but I don't know if the word detonation is entirely correct, because, as I understand it, they were not explosives in those packages, but they were rendered safe because they were suspicious and a person was taken into custody for questioning.”
“He thinks it was for the main detonation scene, where there’s a crowd of shoppers running down The Moor, and a nuke is exploded.”
“ROBERTS: In other words, you get what's called detonation, which can destroy an engine.”
“The official word on North Korea's nuclear test is that the detonation was a nuclear event with a sub-kilo explosion, which matches what you've been reading on this site since the day after the test.”
“When she lit the lighter we got what I would call, don't want to use the word detonation, would say more of a flash. ”
“• A few Middle East homicide bombers have been killed by police / military responders, some have been wrestled into submission by bus drivers, but most use the element of surprise where the detonation is the first indication of their presence.”
“As I recall the detonation of a nuclear device in space would cause a massive EMF pulse (Electro-Magnetic force Pulse) that could trash electronics.”
“He had to double charge the case to get that kind of detonation and especially blowing the top strap clean off!”
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