detonator detonator  /ˈdɛ tə ˌneɪ tər/


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



  1. Five sticks of dynamite without a detonator may not be the work of Islamist radicals but one expert warns not to write the authors off as pranksters.
  2. From the bombs came tangled wires snaking through the tight rows of children, connected to two spring-loaded detonator pedals held down by the feet of two guerrillas.
  3. But Fischer was, and he became the detonator of an avalanche of new chess ideas, a revolutionary whose revolution is still in progress.


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  1. "Honestly, I don't care if someone is carrying a water bottle, wearing a head scarf, or buying a one-way ticket, but if someone has a block of cheese with wires and a detonator - I want the FBI to be called in," said Bruce Schneier, chief...
    on Jul 25, 2007 By: Bruce Schneier Source: Forbes

  2. "Oaxaca was a time bomb waiting to go off," said protest leader Flavio Sosa. "Ruiz was just the detonator."
    on Nov 16, 2006 By: Flavio Sosa Source: Washington Post

  3. "She pulled the detonator but it didn't explode. Then her husband pushed her out of the banquet hall," Muasher told a news conference.
    on Nov 13, 2005 By: Marwan Muasher Source: Newindpress

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