In midafternoon we actually felt the detonation of two bombs a couple of miles away.
Krytrons are sophisticated triggers for the detonation of nuclear bombs.
A detonation ensues, and the vapours expand themselves into the adopters, where they condense.
The detonation of a cartridge or so when a bombardment is going on, what does it count for?
And then, roused by the detonation of a shell in an adjacent place, he turned sharply upon the fellow who stood before him.
The detonation that followed startled him out of his self-possession.
As it did so there was a blinding flash and a detonation that was heard in the submarine.
It was not the shouts of men, nor the detonation of guns, nor the pealing of the thunder.
For a long time the detonation of the artillery and the rattle of musketry continued unabated.
He shuddered at the thought of the havoc which its detonation would cause.
1670s, "explosion accompanied by loud sound," from French détonation, from Medieval Latin detonationem (nominative detonatio), from Latin detonare "to thunder down, to release one's thunder, roar out," from de- "down" (see de-) + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder (n.)). Sense of "act of causing to explode" (mid-18c.) developed in French.