- to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
- to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.
- to cause to explode.
- to issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation, or the like.
- one of a group of unstable, explosive compounds derived from fulminic acid, especially the mercury salt of fulminic acid, which is a powerful detonating agent.
Origin of fulminate
Examples from the Web for fulminate
With Osama bin Laden inconveniently dead, the party out of power needs someone to fulminate against.The Hypocritical War on 'Illegals'
October 29, 2011
We do not fulminate against a treatise on Quaternions because it lacks humor.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The air was shocked by fulminate blasts—the signals of the careless Scheff.Melomaniacs
The excellence of the fulminate may be ascertained, by the following characters.
I have stated that my maximum product of fulminate from 100 grs.
Had that weight fallen upon the fulminate, it must have dealt death to all of us.Dynamite Stories
- (intr often foll by against) to make criticisms or denunciations; rail
- to explode with noise and violence
- (intr) archaic to thunder and lighten
- any salt or ester of fulminic acid, esp the mercury salt, which is used as a detonator
Word Origin and History for fulminate
early 15c., "publish a 'thundering' denunciation," from Latin fulminatus, past participle of fulminare "hurl lightning, lighten," from fulmen (genitive fulminis) "lightning flash," related to fulgere "to shine, flash," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Metaphoric sense (the original sense in English) is via its use in reference to a formal ecclesiastical censure. Related: Fulminated; fulminating.