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fulminate

[ fuhl-muh-neyt ]

verb (used without object)

, ful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
  2. to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against ):

    The minister fulminated against legalized vice.



verb (used with object)

, ful·mi·nat·ed, ful·mi·nat·ing.
  1. to cause to explode.
  2. to issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation, or the like.

noun

  1. one of a group of unstable, explosive compounds derived from fulminic acid, especially the mercury salt of fulminic acid, which is a powerful detonating agent.

fulminate

/ ˈfʌlmɪˌneɪt; ˈfʊl- /

verb

  1. introften foll byagainst to make criticisms or denunciations; rail
  2. to explode with noise and violence
  3. archaic.
    intr to thunder and lighten


noun

  1. any salt or ester of fulminic acid, esp the mercury salt, which is used as a detonator

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfulmiˌnatory, adjective
  • ˌfulmiˈnation, noun
  • ˈfulmiˌnator, noun

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Other Words From

  • fulmi·nator noun
  • ful·mi·na·to·ry [fuhl, -m, uh, -n, uh, -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], adjective
  • non·fulmi·nating adjective
  • un·fulmi·nated adjective
  • un·fulmi·nating adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fulminate1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English fulminaten < Latin fulminātus, past participle of fulmināre “to hurl thunderbolts, thunder,” equivalent to fulmin-, stem of fulmen “thunderbolt, lightning” + -ātus -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fulminate1

C15: from Medieval Latin fulmināre ; see fulminant

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Example Sentences

The gun nuts—and obviously, not all gun owners are nuts, not even a majority—fulminate endlessly about their rights.

With Osama bin Laden inconveniently dead, the party out of power needs someone to fulminate against.

This flare was communicated to the percussion cap, or fulminate of mercury, at the base of the cartridge.

Mercury fulminate is more often employed in the detonator, and is prepared from mercury, alcohol, and nitric acid.

The most tremendous explosives refuse to explode unless some detonator like fulminate of mercury is set off first.

Digest copper (in powder or filings) with fulminate of mercury or of silver, and a little water.

It greatly resembles fulminate of silver in its appearance and general properties.

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