Origin of detonation
Examples from the Web for 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 …|Jamie Dettmer|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Krytrons are sophisticated triggers for the detonation of nuclear bombs.
It did not seem reasonable that if the monsters possessed a detonation beam that they'd turn it on their own confederates.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There was a flash and a detonation, and Ormsgill heard a curious droning sound as if a bee had passed above his head.Long Odds|Harold Bindloss
"That is incidentally a venturesome word to select from your vocabulary," said the even voice, a sort of detonation in it.Satan Sanderson|Hallie Erminie Rives
Placed on burning coals, they decrepitate on drying, and produce a species of explosion or detonation.
The charge is placed in the cavity and prepared for detonation with an electrical exploder and 224 stemming.
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.