detonation

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From French détonation.

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detonation (plural detonations)

  1. An explosion or sudden report made by the near-instantaneous decomposition or combustion of unstable substances. Specifically, combustion that spreads supersonically via shock compression.
    the detonation of gun cotton
  2. Engine knocking, an improper combustion in internal combustion engines

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