• WordNet 3.6
    • n detonator a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive
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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 Detonator One that detonates
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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 detonator That which detonates; it detonating preparation; a percussion-cap.
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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.
    • Detonator a detonating substance: an apparatus for the explosion of a detonating substance, as a percussion-cap
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. detonāre, -ātumde, down, and tonāre, to thunder.


In literature:

One of the best detonators is fulminate of mercury.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
The cold had a crystalline quality and the trees detonated strangely in the silence.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Behind them roared a deafening detonation.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
One to one, missiles crashed into missiles and detonated.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Thunder rolled out across the plain in majestic detonations.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
A sharp detonation echoed above the hum of the motors.
"Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal" by G. Harvey Ralphson
They were the louder detonations of a shot-gun.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
It was not the shouts of men, nor the detonation of guns, nor the pealing of the thunder.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
And the detonations were at that time taking place at intervals of ten minutes.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
The chairman of the Dail Committee almost, but not quite, detonated like a fission bomb.
"Attention Saint Patrick" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins

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:

In a tight efficient presentation lasting only 18 days, federal prosecutors outlined how they believe Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb outside the Oklahoma City federal building.
When an electrical impulse is induced to the cap through the wires the cap explodes and detonates the explosive materi...
Westside Student Charged, Seen Detonating Explosive Device .
Paradise Police say a second explosive device was found detonated a second Paradise business on Saturday morning.
Arraignment Tuesday for parolee accused of detonating explosive device .
WAUKESHA- The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad has safely detonated an improvised explosive device on Friday.
Explosives are detonated on the USS Mohawk to sink the ship into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, July 2, 2012.
A detonation within a blast resistant trash receptacle using a large C4 explosive charge.
Man from Bangladesh charged with attempting to detonate bomb outside Federal Reserve building.
At least three people were killed, and 14 injured after a car bomb laden with explosives detonated inside a paramilitary base in Karachi .
The underwear bomber who tried to detonate his skivvies over Detroit initially planned to blow up a plane over Chicago.
Turkish media reports say suspected Kurdish rebels have detonated a landmine in eastern Turkey, killing eight police officers.
Suspicious package detonated safely by Bomb Squad at polling place.
They said that only the detonator fired, tearing open his stomach and damaging several organs.
It can be detonated by impact, temperature changes, or even slight frictions, earning it the nickname the Mother of Satan .

In science:

Their result, which springs from detailed SNIa modelling, is stable against variations in the initial conditions and explosion mechanisms (either delayed detonation or deflagr ation) of the models explored.
Manganese evolution in Omega Centauri: a clue to the cluster formation mechanisms?
This result is consistent with predictions for the double degenerate SN Ia progenitor scenario (s ∼ −1), and is also in line with recent calculations for the double detonation explosion mechanism (s ∼ −2).
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
Finally there is the double detonation scenario, a specific variant of the SD scenario, in which an outer He-burning shell, being fed from a companion, undergoes several flashes (e.g.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
Comparison with theoretical predictions As touched on in § 1, there are currently three major progenitor/explosion paths to SNe Ia; the SD scenario, the DD scenario and the double detonation scenario.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
Recently, Ruiter et al. (2011) determined the DTD for the double detonation scenario, and found a power law falloff with Ψ ∝ t−2 .
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution