Detonate meaning

dĕtn-āt
To explode or cause to explode.
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To explode violently and noisily.
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To cause (a bomb, dynamite, etc.) to explode.
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(intransitive) To explode; to blow up. Specifically, to combust supersonically via shock compression.
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To cause an explosion.
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Origin of detonate

  • Latin dētonāre dētonāt- to thunder down dē- de- tonāre to thunder (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin detonāre. It meant "to stop thundering", e.g. as in weather (de- = "from", tonare = "to thunder"). The current English meaning seems to be a new formation in postclassical times.

    From Wiktionary