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detonation

[ det-n-ey-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɛt nˈeɪ ʃən /
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noun
the act of detonating.
an explosion.
Machinery. the premature spontaneous burning of a fuel–air mixture in an internal-combustion engine due to the high temperature of air compressed in a cylinder.
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Origin of detonation

1670–80; <Medieval Latin dētonātiōn- (stem of dētonātiō), equivalent to Latin dētonāt(us) (see detonate) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM detonation

det·o·na·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for detonation

detonation
/ (ˌdɛtəˈneɪʃən) /

noun
an explosion or the act of exploding
the spontaneous combustion in an internal-combustion engine of part of the mixture before it has been reached by the flame front, causing the engine to knock
physics rapid combustion, esp that occurring within a shock wave

Derived forms of detonation

detonative, adjective
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