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  1. a device, as a percussion cap, used to make another substance explode.
  2. something that explodes.
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Origin of detonator

First recorded in 1815–25; detonate + -or2
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Related Words for detonator

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British Dictionary definitions for detonator


  1. a small amount of explosive, as in a percussion cap, used to initiate a larger explosion
  2. a device, such as an electrical generator, used to set off an explosion from a distance
  3. a substance or object that explodes or is capable of exploding
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Word Origin and History for detonator


1822, agent noun in Latin form from detonate. For suffix, see -er (1).

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