• WordNet 3.6
    • v detonate burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction "the bomb detonated at noon","The Molotov cocktail exploded"
    • v detonate cause to burst with a violent release of energy "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every photograph of the first American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton
    • v. t Detonate To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a sudden report.
    • v. i Detonate To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with sulphur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The USSR set off the largest nuclear explosion in history, detonating a 50 megaton bomb (2600 times the Hiroshima bomb) in an atmospheric test over the Novaya Zemla Islands, October 30 1961.
    • detonate To cause to explode; specifically, to cause to explode with great suddenness and with a loud report.
    • detonate To explode with great suddenness and with a loud noise: as, niter detonates with sulphur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The British import Spirograph was introduced in the United States in 1967 by Kenner and has racked up millions of dollars in sales. It was invented by a British electronics engineer, Denys Fisher, who was inspired to create the toy while doing research on a new design for bomb detonators for NATO.
    • v.i Detonate det′o-nāt to explode
    • v.t Detonate to cause to explode
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. detonare, v. i., to thunder down; de, + tonare, to thunder; akin to E. thunder,. See Thunder, and cf. Detonize


In literature:

Its detonation awoke the sleepers.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
At times, thunderous detonations told us that aerial bombs were doing their work near at hand.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
We can hear distinctly the whistle of shot and shell, and the detonations shake the windows.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
This loud detonation that broke upon their hearing, however, was only too familiar to all those army aviators.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
Otherwise they could not be detonated.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Instantly a jagged line of flashes leaped across the breast of the darkness, accompanied by a detonation truly terrible.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
Hundreds of feet of fuse, hundreds of detonators, and pounds of candles were thrown away.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Now, what more could have done a detonator in the hands of the devil himself?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Loud detonations were heard, and two streams of lava issued from the crater.
"Etna" by G. F. Rodwell
A loud detonation of nigh twenty guns shook the earth; and in the smoke that rolled from them the bridge was concealed from view.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

He it is who calmly walks his
Walk beneath the silver moon;
He it is who boldly cocks his
Detonating musketoon.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Invisible evil, deprived and bold.
All day the clock will metronome
Your gallant fear; the needles clicking,
The heels detonating the stair's cavern
"Prelude To An Evening" by John Crowe Ransom
Surface calm and calm act mask the detonating fear,
the moving crayfish claw, the stare
of sunfish hovering above the cloud-stained sand,
a sucker nudging cans, the grinning maskinonge.
"Underwater Autumn" by Richard F Hugo
It detonated. Nature, God, mankind
Like sulphur, nitre, charcoal, once Blended, in one annihilation blind
Were rent into a myriad of suns.
Yea! all the mighty fabric of a Mind
Stood in the abyss,
Belching a Law for "That" more awful than for "This."
"The Garden of Janus" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi health official says seven people, including three Iranian pilgrims, were killed when an explosives-laden car detonated as they were exiting a rest stop north of Baghdad.
The bomb was detonated remotely, killing him instantly.
An Iraqi man accused of detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office building in Casa Grande has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
A bomb squad has detonated a bag of guns left behind by a man acting suspiciously at a Salt Lake City coffee shop 's open mic night.
Hollywood has destroyed Washington - or New York or Los Angeles - lots of times with nuclear bombs detonated by terrorists.
In court Monday, prosecutors say his backpack contained screws, wood, tape, powder and detonators.
Two Virginia Tech walk-on football players from Ashburn have been suspended from the team after being charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device .
A Tumbleweed-Like Toy Detonates Mines in Afghanistan.
Colton said dredging could endanger "the entire community," especially if shells are detonated too close to nearby the Bayside Fuel Depot or the 20,000 gallon fuel tank on the site.
The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the detonation of a homemade bomb in a driveway in Norris City that occurred over the weekend.
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office detonated a stick of dynamite that washed ashore on a Harbor Island beach Thursday afternoon.
A British Army bomb squad detonates a grenade found near children at an easter egg hunt on Sunday.
A New York Mills man threatened to detonate a bomb from a cell phone in the Emergency Room of St Elizabeth 's Hospital.
An inoperative EGR system or EGR valve that fails to open or is clogged with carbon will increase NOX emissions and usually cause engine-damaging detonation (spark knock or pinging) when accelerating.
Troops on foot now find 80% of IEDs before they detonate, a three-percentage-point increase from last year.

In science:

Currently, the most promising model remains the C-O single-degenerate white dwarf exploding via a deflagration to detonation transition.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
These might include He-triggered detonations of subChandrasekhar SNe Ia, or rare variants of core collapses, perhaps those most departing from spherical symmetry.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
We are thus left with the third option, to seriously entertain the idea that there exists some rare type of supernova (i.e., detonation of helium white dwarf), not realized in recent centuries, that produces very large amounts of 44Ti.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
However, a much larger He cap is involved if the white dwarf is subChandrasekhar (larger) and the detonation begins in a massive He cap.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
Dom´inguez et al. (2001) and H¨oflich et al. (2000) have investigated the effects of decreasing metallicity and changing progenitor mass on SN Ia properties by constructing models of the progenitor star and then following them through detonation.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe