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detonation

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noun det·o·na·tion \ˌde-tən-ˈā-shən, ˌde-tə-ˈnā-\

Definition of detonation

  1. 1 :  the action or process of detonating

  2. 2 :  rapid combustion in an internal combustion engine that results in knocking



Examples of detonation in a sentence

  1. <there was a series of detonations around the base of the condemned building, causing it to come crashing down in a matter of minutes>



1686

First Known Use of detonation

1686



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