detonation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n detonation the act of detonating an explosive
    • n detonation a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
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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
    • n Detonation An explosion or sudden report made by the instantaneous decomposition or combustion of unstable substances; as, the detonation of gun cotton.
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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.
    • n detonation An explosion or sudden report made by heating or striking certain combustible bodies, as fulminating gold; explosion in mass.
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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.
    • ns Detonation an explosion with report
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. détonation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. detonāre, -ātumde, down, and tonāre, to thunder.

Usage

In literature:

Soon the rain came down in torrents, the thunder echoed clap on clap, each detonation preceded by an awful zig-zag of fire.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
The detonation that followed startled him out of his self-possession.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
A faint, far-off detonation, followed swiftly by louder and fainter echoes, broke suddenly upon the rushing noises of the river.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
The detonation of a cartridge or so when a bombardment is going on, what does it count for?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It was the crack of a gun, but with that quick sharp report that distinguishes the detonation of the rifle.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
From the detonations I judged we were bombing their trenches.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
It hurtled overhead and fell behind us with muffled detonation in Sailly-au-Bois.
"Attack" by Edward G. D. Liveing
The night is very still, the back window is open, and there's a trifling irregularity in the operations of your detonator: that's all.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Jason stumbled through the ashes to the detonator, fell on it and pressed the switch at the same time.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
A deeper detonation was merging into the uproar.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
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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:

A suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with explosives Friday outside an Iraqi base in Mosul , killing five US soldiers and two Iraqi policemen in the deadliest attack for US forces in more than a year, according to the US military.
Officials said the plot, timed to occur about a year after the death of Osama bin Laden, involved a more advanced version of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate on a plane over Detroit in December 2009.
Unexploded shells left behind by fireworks company detonate in three Massachusetts towns.
A witness told Reuters that the suicide bomber was wearing a police officer's uniform when he detonated his explosive-laden motorcycle.
"The attacker came as close as possible to the door, saw the Uzbek security men and then detonated himself," an Israeli security source told Reuters.
The report also reiterated evidence that Iran appeared to have tested ways of detonating weapons and to have worked extensively to design warheads small enough to fit atop a missile.
Air Force officials say there was little risk that the warheads could have been detonated, but the lapses could theoretically have led to warheads being stolen or damaged in a way that could have disseminated toxic nuclear materials.
0Authorities are investigating a series of bomb threats that ended with them finding a detonator with white power in downtown La Feria.
The US Army Aberdeen Test Center said Thursday it plans to conduct a number of large detonations through Wednesday.
KABUL — Shortly after Defense Secretary Leon E Panetta visited troops at Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon, insurgents detonated explosives in a vehicle outside the base, military officials said.
The Taliban-linked suicide bombers detonated two cars bombs at the main gate of the air base at dawn with follow-up attackers killed in a gunfight.
Suspicious package detonated outside of Seattle FBI office.
A suspicious item was detonated outside the FBI offices in downtown Seattle Monday morning.
S uspected insurgents have detonated an improvised bomb that derailed a train and killed two railway guards in Thailand's south, hours before President Barack Obama visits the country.
PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Suspected insurgents have detonated an improvised bomb that derailed a train and killed two railway guards in Thailand's south, hours before President Barack Obama visits the country.
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In science:

We should also mention that just because the WD mass is higher, the chemical yields of the de flagration or detonation of a strongly differentially rotating WD will not necessarily match the high nickel mass needed for SN2003fg (Steinmetz et al. 1992; Pfannes 2006).
The Internal Shear of Type Ia Supernova Progenitors During Accretion and Simmering
We examine the effects of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) in Type Ia supernovae.
The effect of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition in SN Ia explosions
NW speculated that in this regime flames can be temporally quenched in some regions, which can host the detonation after being homogenized in temperature and composition by turbulent mixing.
The effect of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition in SN Ia explosions
Based on a requirement for turbulent transport to be efficient at producing a shallow temperature and composition gradient around the laminar flame, Lisewski et al. (2000) find that the turbulent velocity at the scale 106 cm needed for a detonation is very large, ∼ 108 cm/s.
The effect of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition in SN Ia explosions
This suggests that only a small flame region with a sufficiently strong local turbulence intensity may be needed to trigger a detonation.
The effect of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition in SN Ia explosions
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