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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DETONATE

It was fused to detonate at the very tip of the fringes of the planet's atmosphere.

The bullets didn't hit him, they were set to detonate a fraction of an inch away.

The force of the wind was expected to detonate the explosives by driving a movable board against percussion caps.

Regulus of Antimony mixed with nitre, and projected into a red-hot crucible, sets the nitre in a flame, and makes it detonate.

As the quantity of contained water increases it becomes difficult or even impossible to detonate by an ordinary blow.

On October 3, among the hints for experiments in the Note-Book is this, to detonate together hydrogen and oxymuriatic acid.

Ton, half-ton and two-ton bombs began to detonate, fifty fathoms down.

A mixture of this kind will detonate with a slight blow or friction.

He then unscrewed the fuze and threw it away before it could detonate the shell.

They are very difficult to detonate, and if set on fire do not explode like gunpowder.

WORD ORIGIN

1729, a back-formation from detonation, or else from Latin detonatus, past participle of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating.

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