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

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British engineers even considered using chickens as a crude (but theoretically effective) detonator timer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It," 21 Dec. 2018 If a passing ship drifts too close to the mines with its metal hull, the altered magnetic field would set off the detonator. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How the Sun Set Off Dozens of Mines During the Vietnam War," 9 Nov. 2018 The Iranian-Belgians had more than a pound of the powerful explosive TATP and a detonator. Hossein Abedini, WSJ, "Iranian Terror on European Soil," 23 July 2018 The actual mine is spherical with antenna detonators protruding from the surface of the mine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sea Mine Sighted, Blown Up Off Washington Coast," 29 Aug. 2018 The office said investigators who detained the couple and searched their car found more than a pound of TATP explosives and a detonator. NBC News, "Giuliani attended French event where terror plot thwarted," 2 July 2018 Investigators who detained the couple Saturday and searched their car found more than a pound of TATP explosives and a detonator, federal magistrate Eric Van der Sijpt said. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 In the final scene of the episode, Offred wields a pen in her hand, pressing her thumb down upon it much as Ofglen used a detonator to cause so much damage. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Handmaid's Tale' Reacted to Its Most Destructive Moment Yet," 31 May 2018 Investigators who stopped the couple Saturday and searched their car found about half a kilogram (more than a pound) of TATP explosives and a detonator, federal magistrate Eric Van der Sijpt said. Sylvain Plazy, The Seattle Times, "Belgium charges couple with plotting attack on French rally," 2 July 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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: a device that is used to make a bomb explode

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