detonator etymology

English word detonator comes from English detonate, English -or

Detailed word origin of detonator

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
detonate English (eng) (intransitive) To explode; to blow up. Specifically, to combust supersonically via shock compression.. (transitive) To cause an explosion.
-or English (eng) (electrical science) Appended to the names of members of classes of components, especially those that have an extensive property name of the same root suffixed with -ance. Creates an agent noun, indicating a person who does something.
detonator English (eng) (archaic) Any explosive whose action is practically instantaneous.. (obsolete) A gun fired by a percussion cap.. (rail transport, UK) a small explosive device attached to the railhead to provide an audible warning when a train passes over it.. A device used to detonate an explosive device etc.

Words with the same origin as detonator

Descendants of -or
accelerator actor actress advisor author calculator communicator coordinator decorator donor elevator instructor investor perk perky projector radiator realtor sculptor sensor ventilator