Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery.
  • intransitive v. To explode or detonate.
  • transitive v. To issue (a denunciation, for example) thunderously.
  • transitive v. To cause to explode.
  • n. An explosive salt of fulminic acid, especially fulminate of mercury.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a verbal attack.
  • v. To issue a denunciation.
  • v. To strike with lightning; to cause to explode.
  • n. Any salt or ester of fulminic acid; mostly explosive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To thunder; hence, to make a loud, sudden noise; to detonate; to explode with a violent report.
  • intransitive v. To issue or send forth decrees or censures with the assumption of supreme authority; to thunder forth menaces.
  • transitive v. To cause to explode.
  • transitive v. To utter or send out with denunciations or censures; -- said especially of menaces or censures uttered by ecclesiastical authority.
  • n. A salt of fulminic acid. See under fulminic.
  • n. A fulminating powder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lighten; flash with detonation.
  • Hence To explode with a loud noise; detonate.
  • Figuratively, to issue threats, denunciations, censures, and the like, with or as with authority.
  • In refining, to become suddenly bright and uniform in color: said of melted gold mixed with antimony.
  • To cause to explode.
  • Figuratively, to utter or send out, as a denunciation or censure; especially, to send out, as a menace or censure, by ecclesiastical authority.
  • n. A compound formed by the union of a base with fulminic acid.
  • n. An explosion; a sudden and explosive action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to explode violently and with loud noise
  • v. come on suddenly and intensely
  • v. criticize severely
  • n. a salt or ester of fulminic acid

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English fulminaten, from Latin fulmināre, fulmināt-, to strike with lightning, from fulmen, fulmin-, lightning that strikes; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin fulminātus, past participle of fulminō ("lighten, hurl or strike with lightning"), from fulmen ("lightning which strikes and sets on fire, thunderbolt"), from earlier *fulgmen, *fulgimen, from fulgō, fulgeō ("flash, lighten"). More at fulgent.

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