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Meaning of FULMINATE

Pronunciation:  'fulmu`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a salt or ester of fulminic acid
  2. [v]  cause to explode violently and with loud noise
  3. [v]  come on suddenly and intensely; "the disease fulminated"
  4. [v]  criticize severely; "He fulminated against the Republicans' plan to cut Medicare"; "She railed against the bad social policies"

FULMINATE is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: rail
 See Also: appear, blow up, come along, denounce, detonate, explode, fulminate of mercury, fulminating mercury, mercury fulminate, salt, set off



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ful"mi*nate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fulminated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Fulminating}.] [L. fulminatus, p. p. of
    fulminare to lighten, strike with lightning, fr. fulmen
    thunderbolt, fr. fulgere to shine. See {Fulgent}, and cf.
    1. To thunder; hence, to make a loud, sudden noise; to
       detonate; to explode with a violent report.
    2. To issue or send forth decrees or censures with the
       assumption of supreme authority; to thunder forth menaces.
  2. \Ful"mi*nate\, v. t.
    1. To cause to explode. --Sprat.
    2. To utter or send out with denunciations or censures; --
       said especially of menaces or censures uttered by
       ecclesiastical authority.
             They fulminated the most hostile of all decrees.
                                                   --De Quincey.
  3. \Ful"mi*nate\, n. [Cf. P. fulminate. See {Fulminate},
    v. i.] (Chem.)
       (a) A salt of fulminic acid. See under {Fulminic}.
       (b) A fulminating powder.
    {Fulminate of gold}, an explosive compound of gold; -- called
       also {fulminating gold}, and {aurum fulminans}.
Thesaurus Terms
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