detonator

noun
det·​o·​na·​tor | \ ˈde-tᵊn-ˌā-tər How to pronounce detonator (audio) , -tə-ˌnā- \

Definition of detonator

: a device or small quantity of explosive used for detonating a high explosive

Examples of detonator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to China's state media, engineers used an electronic detonator to precisely time the explosives down to the millisecond. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 Hiraldo-Ramires demonstrated how to install and arm the detonator, using a model of a mine. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2021 Officials first seized on the vehicle Thursday morning after it had been driven on the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress building by Roseberry, who claimed to have a device and what appeared to be a detonator in his hand. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Officials first seized on the vehicle Thursday morning after it had been driven on the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress building by Roseberry, who claimed to have a device and what appeared to be a detonator in his hand. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 30 Nov. 2021 He was taught to make explosives, wrap them in a vest and hook them to a detonator. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 When this occurs, the detonator in the rear of the bomb becomes live and is set off by impact. David Hambling, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Inside each case is a detonator that can be used to deactivate any team of their choosing, dropping them into the water. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Whoever unlocks a third detonator first deactivates all the other players and wins the heat. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of detonator

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Detonator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detonator. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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