detonation

noun det·o·na·tion \ ˌde-tᵊn-ˈā-shən , ˌde-tə-ˈnā- \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of detonation

1 : the action or process of detonating
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

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First Known Use of detonation

1686

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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