Det"o*nate (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Detonated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Detonating (?).] [L. detonare, v. i., to thunder down; de + tonare to thunder; akin to E. thunder. See Thunder, and cf. Detonize.]

To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with sulphur.

 

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Det"o*nate, v. t.

To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a sudden report.

 

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