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 Greef gets the last before the trooper can set off his detonator. Lauren Morgan,, "The Mandalorian recap: Mando helps old friends on a new mission," 20 Nov. 2020 Police discovered 550 grams of an unstable explosive and a detonator. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Iranian diplomat, accused of Europe terror plot, skips first day of trial," 28 Nov. 2020 The rockets were fairly primitive, consisting of a tube with propellant and exhaust nozzle on one end and an explosive charge and detonator on the other. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Remember When the Army Equipped This WWII Tank with Rocket Launchers," 19 Nov. 2020 Flying from the beast’s mouth, Mando pulls the trigger on his detonator, and the krayt dragon collapses. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian is back—and it doesn't disappoint," 30 Oct. 2020 Upstairs, New York’s gourmet elite is enjoying a lavish banquet, unaware that Beard is in the basement, about to push the plunger detonator and obliterate them all. Washington Post, "As the restaurant industry suffers, the James Beard Foundation scraps its prestigious awards until 2022," 8 Sep. 2020 Accidentally stepping on a detonator, one of the Swedes blows himself up, leaving only a bloody foot behind. Rachel Paige,, "R29 Binge Club: Umbrella Academy Season 2 Recap," 3 Aug. 2020 Buried in the garden, police found 2 kilograms of PETN plastic explosives, a detonator, a fuse, an AK-47, a silencer, two knives, a crossbow, and thousands of rounds of ammunition — much of it believed to have been stolen from the military. Katrin Bennhold,, "As Neo-Nazis Seed Military Ranks, Germany Confronts ‘an Enemy Within’," 3 July 2020 While Rafa and Trace swindle yet another Pyke operation out of their spice supply, Ahsoka rigs some thermal detonators to blow on Oba Diah. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Clone Wars recap: Ahsoka says goodbye to the Martez sisters," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of detonator

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Detonator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of detonator

: a device that is used to make a bomb explode

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