- to explode with suddenness and violence.
- to cause (something explosive) to explode.
Origin of detonate
Examples from the Web for detonate
Operators on the ground chose to detonate the rocket shortly after launch once it was established that there were problems.Harry Potter Raps, The Catcalls Heard ‘Round the World and More Viral Videos
November 2, 2014
He was referring to the lone wolves such as ISIS is now urging online to detonate pipe bombs in Times Square.The Loser Who Wanted to Be the ISIS Agent Next Door
September 18, 2014
That a suicide bomber will detonate himself in the middle of Fifth Avenue?Nathaniel Rich: How I Write
April 3, 2013
NBC president Warren Littlefield told the writers to construct the episodes to allow Bobby to “detonate” with his impressions.Why My Show Must Succeed
David A. Goodman
October 25, 2011
Times Square, New York City May 1, 2010 Faisal Shahzad Failed attempt to detonate a vehicle bomb in Times Square.Forty-Five Foiled Terror Plots Since 9/11
September 9, 2011
It was fused to detonate at the very tip of the fringes of the planet's atmosphere.Talents, Incorporated
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The bullets didn't hit him, they were set to detonate a fraction of an inch away.Tangle Hold
F. L. Wallace
The force of the wind was expected to detonate the explosives by driving a movable board against percussion caps.Meteorology
Charles Fitzhugh Talman
Regulus of Antimony mixed with nitre, and projected into a red-hot crucible, sets the nitre in a flame, and makes it detonate.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer
As the quantity of contained water increases it becomes difficult or even impossible to detonate by an ordinary blow.
- to cause (a bomb, mine, etc) to explode or (of a bomb, mine, etc) to explode; set off or be set off
Word Origin and History for detonate
1729, a back-formation from detonation, or else from Latin detonatus, past participle of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating.