- 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.
Origin of detonation
Examples from the Web for detonation
Contemporary Examples of detonation
In midafternoon we actually felt the detonation of two bombs a couple of miles away.U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …
October 9, 2014
Krytrons are sophisticated triggers for the detonation of nuclear bombs.The Billionaire and the Fugitive
Meir Doron, Joseph Gelman
July 23, 2011
Historical Examples of detonation
He shuddered at the thought of the havoc which its detonation would cause.The Great Drought
Sterner St. Paul Meek
The detonation of a cartridge or so when a bombardment is going on, what does it count for?The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The detonation that followed startled him out of his self-possession.The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
It was not the shouts of men, nor the detonation of guns, nor the pealing of the thunder.The Scalp Hunters
No detonation was heard in the inside, for there was no air.
- 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
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.