Detonation meaning

dĕtn-āshən
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The act of exploding.
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An explosion.
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An explosion or sudden report made by the near-instantaneous decomposition or combustion of unstable substances as, the detonation of gun cotton. Specifically, combustion that spreads supersonically via shock compression.
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Engine knocking, an improper combustion in internal combustion engines.
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Origin of detonation

  • From French détonation.

    From Wiktionary