det·​o·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-tᵊn-ˈā-shən How to pronounce detonation (audio) , ˌde-tə-ˈnā- \

Definition of detonation

1 : the action or process of detonating
2 : rapid combustion in an internal combustion engine that results in knocking

Synonyms & Antonyms for detonation



  • implosion
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Examples of detonation in a Sentence

there was a series of detonations around the base of the condemned building, causing it to come crashing down in a matter of minutes
Recent Examples on the Web The Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation since the start of the war, quickly becoming a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, 9 May 2022 The detonation happened several hundred miles to the west of the British mainland, in the North Atlantic off the coast of Northern Ireland. Michael Peck, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The detonation of this super-warehouse would create a fireball 31 miles across, flattening 1,864 square miles surround it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 22 Apr. 2022 When the government publicly declares the detonation to be safe for the local population — despite evidence to the contrary — Don has to lay it all on the line, going public with damaging research. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2022 Bay, 57 and youthful in a leather jacket and tee, will always be preceded by his reputation: demanding, a technical wizard prone to a fast pace and the occasional detonation, onscreen and off. Joshua Rothkopf,, 9 Apr. 2022 These items were found at what the FBI agent described as a post-blast scene, where a mortar launcher, pennies, staples and rubber bands were found spread in a 2–3-foot radius around the detonation zone, the agent said. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2022 The detonation of all 150 nuclear missiles in Montana could blanket the world in fire and smoke, block out sunlight, lower Earth’s temperature, devastate agriculture, and lead to mass starvation and extinction. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 Russia said the ship sustained damages during a fire started by the detonation of ammunition. Bynadine El-bawab Andcatherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of detonation

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 May 2022

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“Detonation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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