a device, as a percussion cap, used to make another substance explode.
something that explodes.
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How to use detonator in a sentence
If dispersal is the goal, the guide recommends placing 20 pounds of explosives total underneath the carcass in key locations, then using a detonator cord to tie the charges together.Why the Forest Service has a manual for blowing up horse carcasses | David Roza/Task & Purpose | August 4, 2022 | Popular-Science
“She thought he was looking up bomb-making instructions, and when the man pulled out his own camera and adjusted it she was convinced he was setting a timer on a detonator, sources said,” the Daily News reported.Times are tough for lovers of vintage cameras. One was just pulled from a plane. | John Kelly | October 17, 2021 | Washington Post
A Storm Javelin could hover almost indefinitely and provide support, while Rangers and Interceptors applied regular damage and warmed up swarms of enemies for those devastating detonator attacks.
I was the one to trigger the detonator, and for that I take full responsibility.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex | Lizzie Crocker | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I press the detonator and I am the only one responsible,” Trierweiler writes of the tweet, as excerpted Wednesday in Le Monde.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All | Tracy McNicoll | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After agents went into the van and confirmed that the detonator had been activated, they arrested him.
I like to say that I was like a bomb but the detonator was missing.Claude Lanzmann on 'Shoah', His Memoir, and the Banality of Evil | Clémence Boulouque | June 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps a ceramic detonator, disguised as a perfectly legal 3-oz.
Anything made of iron and containing high explosive and detonator will be welcome.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It looked as if Charnock was putting in the dynamite, and Festing hoped he would be careful with the detonator.The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
But if it ever came down to it I should be able to knock down an airplane, gum up the works on a fusing detonator, maybe even—.Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
Mercury fulminate is more often employed in the detonator, and is prepared from mercury, alcohol, and nitric acid.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
The most tremendous explosives refuse to explode unless some detonator like fulminate of mercury is set off first.The Cup of Fury | Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for detonator
a small amount of explosive, as in a percussion cap, used to initiate a larger explosion
a device, such as an electrical generator, used to set off an explosion from a distance
a substance or object that explodes or is capable of exploding
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