detonate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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detonate (third-person singular simple present detonates, present participle detonating, simple past and past participle detonated)

  1. (intransitive) To explode; to blow up. Specifically, to combust supersonically via shock compression.
  2. (transitive) To cause an explosion.

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  • (with respect to speed of prorogation): deflagrate

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

detonate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of detonare
  2. second-person plural imperative of detonare
  3. feminine plural of detonato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dētonāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dētonō