Definitions for: Detonate

[v] explode; "the bomb detonated at noon"
[v] cause to explode; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

Webster (1913) Definition: Det"o*nate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Detonated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Detonating.] [L. detonare, v. i., to thunder down;
de + tonare to thunder; akin to E. thunder. See Thunder,
and cf. Detonize.]
To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with

Det"o*nate, v. t.
To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a
sudden report.

Synonyms: blow up, set off

See Also: burst, change integrity, dynamite, explode, fulminate

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