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 Dinner didn’t blow up in their faces because the claylike substance only explodes when set off by a detonator., "For Gerry Goolkasian of Newton, the Battle of the Bulge barely lasted a morning.," 6 Dec. 2019 Throughout the rest of the land, the main walkways were open, although lines formed to buy a $6 Coca-Cola shaped like a thermal detonator and at the more expensive shops. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge draws huge crowds, spawns 5-hour line," 28 Aug. 2019 From lightsabers to Porgs, thermal detonator Coke bottles and Kowakian monkey-lizards, there’s no shortage of galactic gems to make an appearance in your next Instagram post. Patrick Connolly,, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has plenty of selfie opportunities," 29 Aug. 2019 The thermal detonators appear throughout the films, often in the hands of a bounty hunter. Gabrielle Russon,, "Disney: TSA is reviewing policy over Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles shaped like thermal detonators," 28 Aug. 2019 The Transportation Safety Administration has alerted travelers that the popular $5 bottles of soda in a stylized bottle meant to look like a thermal detonator from the popular films are not allowed on flights, even in checked baggage. Chris Morris, Fortune, "TSA Bans Coke Bottles from Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge," 28 Aug. 2019 Officials blamed a decomposing bomb detonator for the explosion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "World War II Bomb Explodes 75 Years Later, Creates Massive Crater in German Field," 24 June 2019 Before the parade could begin, as marchers gathered, milling in the streets, filling the city with energy, Harpham — armed with a remote detonator — strolled amongst the crowd taking photos of himself. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 The acetone eventually dissolved them, triggering a spring that would thrust a firing pin into a detonator. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Massive blast leaves crater in German barley field," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of detonator

1822, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Detonator.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of detonator

: a device that is used to make a bomb explode

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