Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device, such as a fuse or percussion cap, used to set off an explosive charge.
  • noun An explosive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which detonates; it detonating preparation; a percussion-cap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete, obsolete An explosive whose action is practically instantaneous.
  • noun obsolete, obsolete Something used to detonate a charge, as a detonating fuse.
  • noun obsolete, obsolete A case containing detonating powder, the explosion of which serves as a signal, as on railroads.
  • noun obsolete A gun fired by a percussion cap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A device used to detonate an explosive device etc.
  • noun rail transport, UK a small explosive device attached to the railhead to provide an audible warning when a train passes over it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive

Etymologies

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detonate +‎ -or

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