Synonyms and related words:
backfire, bang, bark, blast, blow out, blow up, burst, bust, charge, coal, cock, crack, discharge, drop, eject, explode, feed, fell, fill up, fire, fire off, fuel, fuel up, fulminate, go off, gun, gun for, hit, let fly, let off, load, mushroom, oil, pelt, pepper, pick off, pistol, plug, pop, pot, potshoot, potshot, prime, refuel, riddle, set off, shoot, shoot at, shoot down, snipe, stoke, strike, take a potshot, top off, torpedo, touch off

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  • Detonate — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Detonate — Det o*nate, v. t. To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a sudden report. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detonate — index discharge (shoot) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • detonate — 1729, a back formation from DETONATION (Cf. detonation), or else from L. detonatus, pp. of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating …   Etymology dictionary

  • detonate — [v] set off bomb bang, blast, blow up, burst, discharge, explode, fulminate, kablooey*, let go, mushroom*, push the button*, shoot off, touch off, va voom*; concept 179 Ant. dismantle …   New thesaurus

  • detonate — ► VERB ▪ explode or cause to explode. DERIVATIVES detonation noun. ORIGIN Latin detonare, from tonare to thunder …   English terms dictionary

  • detonate — [det′ n āt΄] vi. detonated, detonating [< L detonatus, pp. of detonare, to thunder < de , intens. + tonare, to THUNDER] to explode violently and noisily vt. to cause (a bomb, dynamite, etc.) to explode detonation n …   English World dictionary

  • detonate — verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: French détoner to explode, from Latin detonare to expend thunder, from de + tonare to thunder more at thunder Date: 1729 intransitive verb to explode with sudden violence transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • detonate — verb Detonate is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bomb Detonate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bomb, ↑explosive, ↑mine …   Collocations dictionary

  • detonate — UK [ˈdetəneɪt] / US [ˈdet(ə)nˌeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms detonate : present tense I/you/we/they detonate he/she/it detonates present participle detonating past tense detonated past participle detonated to explode, or to make… …   English dictionary

  • detonate — [18] Detonate is related to thunder. It comes from the past participle of Latin dētonāre, a compound verb formed from the prefix dē ‘down’ and tonāre ‘thunder, roar’, which goes back to the same Indo European base (*ten , *ton ) as thunder. Latin …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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