Definitions

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

  • n. A device, such as a fuse or percussion cap, used to set off an explosive charge.
  • n. An explosive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device used to detonate an explosive device etc.
  • n. a small explosive device attached to the railhead to provide an audible warning when a train passes over it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An explosive whose action is practically instantaneous.
  • n. Something used to detonate a charge, as a detonating fuse.
  • n. A case containing detonating powder, the explosion of which serves as a signal, as on railroads.
  • n. A gun fired by a percussion cap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which detonates; it detonating preparation; a percussion-cap.

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

  • n. a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive

Etymologies

detonate +‎ -or (Wiktionary)

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