Meaning of “detonator” in the English Dictionary

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"detonator" in British English

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detonatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdet.ən.eɪ.tər/ us /ˈdet̬.ən.eɪ.t̬ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Anything made of iron and containing high explosive and detonator will be welcome. 
  • Having put the tail to it he inserted the detonator. 
  • His impulse had been to pull the detonator. 
  • How to handle the driver, who likely had some kind of a detonator close at hand? 
  • The detonator was connected with the screw top of the can. 

(Definition of “detonator” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"detonator" in American English

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detonatornoun [ C ]

us /ˈdet·ənˌeɪ·t̬ər/

a device used to cause an explosive to detonate

(Definition of “detonator” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)