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det·o·nate / ˈdetnˌāt/ • v. explode or cause to explode: [intr.] two other bombs failed to detonate | [tr.] a trigger that can detonate nuclear weapons. DERIVATIVES: det·o·na·tive / -ˌātiv/ adj. ORIGIN: early 18th cent.: from Latin detonat- ‘thundered down or forth,’ from the verb detonare, from de- ‘down’ + tonare ‘to thunder.’

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detonator

detonator (dĕ´tənā´tər), type of explosive that reacts with great rapidity and is used to set off other, more inert explosives. Fulminate of mercury mixed with potassium chlorate is a commonly used detonator. The word is also applied to equipment which, by flame, spark, percussion, friction, or pressure, is used to set off a chemical detonator.

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detonate

detonate XVIII. f. pp. stem of L. dētonāre, f. DE- 3 + tonāre THUNDER (see -ATE 3); partly back-formation from detonation (XVII) — F. détonation, f. détoner — L. dētonāre.
Hence detonator XIX.

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