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Borrowed from Latin detonō, detonātus. 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.
- (intransitive) To explode; to blow up. Specifically, to combust supersonically via shock compression.
- (transitive) To cause to explode.
- The engineers detonated the dynamite and watched the old building collapse.
- (with respect to speed of prorogation): deflagrate
to cause to explode
- adverbial present passive participle of detonar
detonate f pl