verb (used without object), det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing.
verb (used with object), det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing.
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|Alex Chancey|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That a suicide bomber will detonate himself in the middle of Fifth Avenue?
NBC president Warren Littlefield told the writers to construct the episodes to allow Bobby to “detonate” with his impressions.
Times Square, New York City May 1, 2010 Faisal Shahzad Failed attempt to detonate a vehicle bomb in Times Square.
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
These are powerful explosives which are set so they will detonate at a certain depth.
They could detonate a charge of explosives over our heads, or clear out of the dome and drop one down the well.Last Enemy|Henry Beam Piper
The force of the wind was expected to detonate the explosives by driving a movable board against percussion caps.Meteorology|Charles Fitzhugh Talman
Ton, half-ton and two-ton bombs began to detonate, fifty fathoms down.Talents, Incorporated|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Word Origin for detonate
1729, a back-formation from detonation, or else from Latin detonatus, past participle of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating.