detonate-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: (Cause to) burst forth with a violent release of energy, through a violent chemical or physical reaction.

A Civil War-era cannonball was detonated Friday night by Richland
County sheriffs.
The bomb detonated at noon.
We detonated the nuclear bomb.

VerbNet: other_cos-45.4
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: detonate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2