Definition of Detonate

1. Verb. Cause to burst with a violent release of energy. "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

Exact synonyms: Blow Up, Explode, Set Off
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Causes: Blow Up, Explode
Specialized synonyms: Fulminate, Dynamite
Derivative terms: Blowup, Detonation, Detonative, Detonator, Explosion, Explosion



2. Verb. Burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction. "The Molotov cocktail exploded"
Exact synonyms: Blow Up, Explode
Derivative terms: Detonation, Detonative

Definition of Detonate

1. v. i. To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with sulphur.

2. v. t. To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a sudden report.

Definition of Detonate

1. Verb. (intransitive) To explode; to blow up. Specifically, to combust supersonically via shock compression. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cause an explosion. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Detonate

1. to cause to explode [v -NATED, -NATING, -NATES]

Medical Definition of Detonate

1. To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with sulphur. Origin: L. Detonare, v. I, to thunder down; de + tonare to thunder; akin to E. Thunder. See Thunder, and cf. Detonize. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Detonate

deticking
deticks
detinned
detinner
detinners
detinning
detins
detinue
detinues
detitanation
detonabilities
detonability
detonable
detonatable
detonate (current term)
detonated
detonates
detonating
detonating device
detonating fuse
detonation
detonations
detonative
detonator
detonators
detonization
detonizations
detonize
detonized

Literary usage of Detonate

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1. Rock Drills: Design, Construction, and Use by Eustace M. Weston (1910)
"For instance, ordinary dynamite, with 40 per cent, nitroglycerine, is easier to detonate thoroughly than a gelatine dynamite containing even as much as 80 ..."

2. Tri-nitro-glycerin: As Applied in the Hoosac Tunnel, and to Submarine by George M. Mowbray (1874)
"TEMPERATURE AT WHICH CERTAIN EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES OR detonate. Powder used in the Chassepot rifle, . 380° Fulminate of mercury, 392° Mixture equal parts ..."

3. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1870)
"The salt forms transparent, colourless, rhombic tables, which are tasteless, detonate very strongly at 195° C. or by percussion, or by contact with oil of ..."

4. Trukese-English Dictionary =: Pwpwuken Tettenin Fóós, Chuuk-Ingenes by Ward Hunt Goodenough, Hiroshi Sugita (1980)
"explode, detonate, fire (as shoot off, set off, detonate. ... cause to explode, detonate. explode, crackle (of fire). detonate, cause to slam. detonation ..."

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