Definition of detonator in English:


Syllabification: det·o·na·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈdetnˌātər


  • 1A device or a small, sensitive charge used to detonate an explosive.
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    • As the camera zooms it, the object is revealed to be a detonator for an explosive device.
    • Once they've uncovered the ordnance, they use plastic explosive and then hook detonators and time fuses up to it, so they can light the fuse and get to a safe distance before it explodes.
    • The group has access to at least small stocks of artillery ammunition, detonators, and explosives.
  • 1.1 another term for torpedo ( sense 1 of the noun).
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    • Audible signals are principally the locomotive whistle and the detonator (torpedo).
    • Known by railroad men simply as a torpedo, this is a small detonator fastened to the rail and set off by a locomotive's passing wheels.

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