detonation


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det·o·na·tion

 (dĕt′n-ā′shən)
n.
1. The act of exploding.
2. An explosion.

detonation

(ˌdɛtəˈneɪʃən)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) an explosion or the act of exploding
2. (Automotive Engineering) the spontaneous combustion in an internal-combustion engine of part of the mixture before it has been reached by the flame front, causing the engine to knock
3. (General Physics) physics rapid combustion, esp that occurring within a shock wave
ˈdetoˌnative adj

det•o•na•tion

(ˌdɛt nˈeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of detonating.
2. an explosion.
[1670–80; < French]
det′o•na`tive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.detonation - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reactiondetonation - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
discharge - the sudden giving off of energy
airburst - an explosion in the atmosphere
blast - an explosion (as of dynamite)
backfire - a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
big bang - (cosmology) the cosmic explosion that is hypothesized to have marked the origin of the universe
backfire, blowback - the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
fragmentation - the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes
inflation - (cosmology) a brief exponential expansion of the universe (faster than the speed of light) postulated to have occurred shortly after the big bang
2.detonation - the act of detonating an explosive
burst, explosion - the act of exploding or bursting; "the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children"; "the burst of an atom bomb creates enormous radiation aloft"
percussion - the act of exploding a percussion cap

detonation

noun
1. explosion, blast, bang, report, crack, boom, discharge, fulmination a heavy detonation echoed round the housing estate
2. blowing-up, explosion, discharge the accidental detonation of nuclear weapons

detonation

noun
A violent release of confined energy, usually accompanied by a loud sound and shock waves:
Translations
إنْفِجار، تَفْجير
výbuch
detonationsprængning
pamahduspaukkuräjähdys
detonációrobbanás
sprenging
patla ma

detonation

[ˌdetəˈneɪʃən] Ndetonación f

detonation

[ˌdɛtəˈneɪʃən] n
(= explosion) → détonation f
[weapon, bomb] → explosion f

detonation

nZündung f

detonation

[ˌdɛtəˈneɪʃn] ndetonazione f

detonate

(ˈdetəneit) verb
to (cause to) explode violently. This device detonates the bomb.
ˌdetoˈnation noun
an explosion.
ˈdetonator noun
something (especially a piece of equipment) that sets off an explosion.
References in classic literature ?
About six in the evening, as I sat at tea with my wife in the summerhouse talking vigorously about the battle that was lowering upon us, I heard a muffled detonation from the common, and immediately after a gust of firing.
It was time; for they had scarcely sailed half a league, when D'Artagnan saw a flash and heard a detonation.
It startled him more than the small and distant detonation that had come just before.
At the same instant a terrific detonation split the ears; and when I rose on the next bald billow, where the ship lay burning a few seconds before, there remained but a red-hot spine that hissed and dwindled for another minute, and then left a blackness through which every star shone with redoubled brilliance.
The poor fellow imagined that he could already feel the enormous paws of the savage beast in his flesh, when a second detonation resounded in the narrow passage, and Dr.
the din of all the great double petards of the Saint-Jean, the discharge of twenty arquebuses on supports, the detonation of that famous serpentine of the Tower of Billy, which, during the siege of Paris, on Sunday, the twenty-sixth of September, 1465, killed seven Burgundians at one blow, the explosion of all the powder stored at the gate of the Temple, would have rent his ears less rudely at that solemn and dramatic moment, than these few words, which fell from the lips of the usher, "His eminence, Monseigneur the Cardinal de Bourbon.
Without reckoning," added Aramis, "that the detonation might occasion a collapse of the cavern.
The silence which followed the detonation of the exploding torpedo was almost equally horrifying.
And yet on this unstable and death-terrific substance of which he was well aware Van Horn was composed, he trod heavily with his personality, daring, to the verge of detonation, to impact it with his insolence.
As if in answer, a great screaming roar went up, dim with distance, punctuated with detonation after detonation.
The detonation of the thunder and the glare of lightning through an occasional rift in the vaporous wall proclaimed the continued fury of the tempest upon the surface of the sea; but we, far above it all, rode in comparative ease upon the upper gale.
the detonation produced by the Columbiad, had the immediate effect of troubling the terrestrial atmosphere, by accumulating a large quantity of vapor, a phenomenon which excited universal indignation, for the moon was hidden from the eyes of the watchers for several nights.