American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery.
- v. To explode or detonate.
- v. To issue (a denunciation, for example) thunderously.
- v. To cause to explode.
- n. An explosive salt of fulminic acid, especially fulminate of mercury.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lighten; flash with detonation.
- Hence To explode with a loud noise; detonate.
- Figuratively, to issue threats, denunciations, censures, and the like, with or as with authority.
- In refining, to become suddenly bright and uniform in color: said of melted gold mixed with antimony.
- To cause to explode.
- Figuratively, to utter or send out, as a denunciation or censure; especially, to send out, as a menace or censure, by ecclesiastical authority.
- n. A compound formed by the union of a base with fulminic acid. The fulminates are very unstable bodies, exploding with great violence by percussion or heating. Fulminate of mercury, or fulminating mercury, is used in percussion-caps and detonators for nitroglycerin preparations.
- n. An explosion; a sudden and explosive action.
- v. intransitive, figuratively To make a verbal attack.
- v. transitive, figuratively To issue a denunciation.
- v. To strike with lightning; to cause to explode.
- n. chemistry Any salt or ester of fulminic acid; mostly explosive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To thunder; hence, to make a loud, sudden noise; to detonate; to explode with a violent report.
- v. To issue or send forth decrees or censures with the assumption of supreme authority; to thunder forth menaces.
- v. To cause to explode.
- v. To utter or send out with denunciations or censures; -- said especially of menaces or censures uttered by ecclesiastical authority.
- n. A salt of fulminic acid. See under fulminic.
- n. A fulminating powder.
- v. cause to explode violently and with loud noise
- v. come on suddenly and intensely
- v. criticize severely
- n. a salt or ester of fulminic acid
- From Latin fulminātus, past participle of fulminō ("lighten, hurl or strike with lightning"), from fulmen ("lightning which strikes and sets on fire, thunderbolt"), from earlier *fulgmen, *fulgimen, from fulgō, fulgeō ("flash, lighten"). More at fulgent. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fulminaten, from Latin fulmināre, fulmināt-, to strike with lightning, from fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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