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detonator

[det-n-ey-ter] /ˈdɛt nˌeɪ tər/
noun
1.
a device, as a percussion cap, used to make another substance explode.
2.
something that explodes.
Origin of detonator
1815-1825
1815-25; detonate + -or2
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Examples from the web for detonator
  • For imaging experiments to work, the laser's shutter will have to be faster than its detonator.
  • Electric blasting cap means a detonator designed for and capable of being initiated by means of an electric current.
  • Blasting cap or cap when used in connection with the subject of explosives shall mean detonator.
  • detonator leg wires must be shunted until connection is made into the blasting circuit.
  • Insert the detonator in a hole in the dynamite that is made with a punch suitable for that purpose.
British Dictionary definitions for detonator

detonator

/ˈdɛtəˌneɪtə/
noun
1.
a small amount of explosive, as in a percussion cap, used to initiate a larger explosion
2.
a device, such as an electrical generator, used to set off an explosion from a distance
3.
a substance or object that explodes or is capable of exploding
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Word Origin and History for detonator
n.

1822, agent noun in Latin form from detonate. For suffix, see -er (1).

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