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intr. & tr.v. det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing, det·o·nates
To explode or cause to explode.

[Latin dētonāre, dētonāt-, to thunder down : dē-, de- + tonāre, to thunder; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots.]

det′o·nat′a·ble adj.
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The thunderclaps, treading one on the heels of another and with a strange crackling accompaniment, sounded more like the working of a gigantic electric machine than the usual detonating reverberations.
The gas mixing with the air would have produced a detonating mixture, and the explosion would have finished what the shock had perhaps begun.
At the same time he heard a faint, dull detonating sound, as if some one had fired a pistol on the other side of the wall.
The street boys were screaming and hooting, and shouting and shooting, with devils and detonating balls--and there came corpse bearers and hood wearers--for there were funerals with psalm and hymn--and then the din of carriages driving and company arriving: yes, it was, in truth, lively enough down in the street.
They kept at a height of two thousand feet or more until they were over and a little in advance of the rearmost ironclad, and then stooped swiftly down into a fountain of bullets, and going just a little faster than the ship below, pelted her thinly protected decks with bombs until they became sheets of detonating flame.
He said local defense forces spotted the girls and shot one, detonating her vest and killing only her.
The two handed the death penalty are Mohammed Al Touq and Mohammed Abdullah, who were found guilty of premeditated murder, forming a terrorist group, detonating a bomb and receiving weapons and explosives training by the High Criminal Court in March.
Israeli soldiers isolated the village, after surrounding it, and wired the Palestinian home before detonating it, also causing damage to several surrounding homes.
Summary: The sound of an explosion on Lebanon's southern border in Marjayoun's Wazzani late Tuesday evening may have been a land mine detonating on the Israeli side, the Hezbollah affiliated War Media Center reported Wednesday.
Baquba / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / A security force arrested a terrorist network members involved in detonating a car bomb in a village east of Baquba in May.
ONE week ago today was bonfire night - a day celebrating the failure to detonate explosives by detonating explosives
An eyewitness said the attacker entered a shop and pretended to be buying goods, before detonating the hand device in front of the shop.