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Meaning of DETONATE

Pronunciation:  'det`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  explode; "the bomb detonated at noon"
  2. [v]  cause to explode; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

DETONATE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: blow up, set off
 See Also: burst, change integrity, dynamite, explode, fulminate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
  2. \Det"o*nate\, v. t.
    To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a
    sudden report.
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