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ˈfʌl məˌneɪtful·mi·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fulminateverb

    a salt or ester of fulminic acid

  2. fulminate, railverb

    criticize severely

    "He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; "She railed against the bad social policies"

  3. fulminateverb

    come on suddenly and intensely

    "the disease fulminated"

  4. fulminateverb

    cause to explode violently and with loud noise

Wiktionary

  1. fulminatenoun

    Any salt or ester of fulminic acid; mostly explosive.

    Etymology: From fulminatus, past participle of fulmino, from fulmen, from earlier , , from fulgo, fulgeo. More at fulgent.

  2. fulminateverb

    To make a verbal attack.

    Etymology: From fulminatus, past participle of fulmino, from fulmen, from earlier , , from fulgo, fulgeo. More at fulgent.

  3. fulminateverb

    To issue a denunciation.

    Etymology: From fulminatus, past participle of fulmino, from fulmen, from earlier , , from fulgo, fulgeo. More at fulgent.

  4. fulminateverb

    To strike with lightning; to cause to explode.

    Etymology: From fulminatus, past participle of fulmino, from fulmen, from earlier , , from fulgo, fulgeo. More at fulgent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fulminateverb

    to thunder; hence, to make a loud, sudden noise; to detonate; to explode with a violent report

    Etymology: [L. fulminatus, p. p. of fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See Fulgent, and cf. Fulmine.]

  2. Fulminateverb

    to issue or send forth decrees or censures with the assumption of supreme authority; to thunder forth menaces

    Etymology: [L. fulminatus, p. p. of fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See Fulgent, and cf. Fulmine.]

  3. Fulminateverb

    to cause to explode

    Etymology: [L. fulminatus, p. p. of fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See Fulgent, and cf. Fulmine.]

  4. Fulminateverb

    to utter or send out with denunciations or censures; -- said especially of menaces or censures uttered by ecclesiastical authority

    Etymology: [L. fulminatus, p. p. of fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See Fulgent, and cf. Fulmine.]

  5. Fulminateverb

    a salt of fulminic acid. See under Fulminic

    Etymology: [L. fulminatus, p. p. of fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See Fulgent, and cf. Fulmine.]

  6. Fulminateverb

    a fulminating powder

    Etymology: [L. fulminatus, p. p. of fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See Fulgent, and cf. Fulmine.]

Freebase

  1. Fulminate

    Fulminates are chemical compounds which include the fulminate ion. The fulminate ion, CNO− is a pseudohalic ion, acting like a halogen with its charge and reactivity. Due to the instability of the ion, fulminate salts are friction-sensitive explosives. The best known is mercury fulminate, which has been used as a primary explosive in detonators. Fulminates can be formed from metals, such as silver and mercury, dissolved in nitric acid and reacted with ethanol. It is largely the presence of the weak single nitrogen-oxygen bond which leads to its instability. Nitrogen very easily forms a stable triple bond to another nitrogen atom, forming gaseous nitrogen.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fulminate

    ful′min-āt, v.i. to thunder or make a loud noise: to issue decrees with violence, or with menaces of grave censure.—v.t. to cause to explode: to send forth, as a denunciation—(Milt.) Ful′mine.—n. a compound of fulminic acid with mercury, &c.—adj. Ful′minant, fulminating: (path.) developing suddenly.—n. a thunderbolt, explosive.—adj. Ful′minating, crackling, exploding, detonating.—n. Fulminā′tion, act of fulminating, thundering, or issuing forth: a chemical explosion: a denunciation.—adjs. Ful′minatory; Fulmin′eous, Ful′minous, pertaining to thunder and lightning; Fulmin′ic, pertaining to an acid used in preparing explosive compounds. [L. fulmināre, -ātumfulmen (for fulgimen), lightning—fulgēre, to shine.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fulminate

    A salt of fulminic acid. Fulminate of mercury is the most useful. It explodes readily by percussion, by a heat of 367° Fahr., when touched with strong sulphuric or nitric acid, by sparks from flint and steel and by the electric spark. It is used for percussion-caps, primers, fuzes, etc. From its peculiar power to produce detonations it is the detonating agent for modern blasting powders, containing nitro-glycerine, also, for gun-cotton. Detonating caps, or exploders, are copper caps containing from 3 to 25 grains of the fulminate. In ordinary blasting, where the tube fuze is used, the cap is placed on the end of the fuze and crimped around it. The cap is then buried a short distance in the blasting charge, or cartridge. See Explosives.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fulminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fulminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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