To release or cause to release energy suddenly and violently, especially with a loud noise
It is very difficult to detonate by percussion.
Guncotton in an air-dry state, whether in the original form or after grinding to pulp and compressing, burns with very great rapidity but does not detonate unless confined.
As the quantity of contained water increases it becomes difficult or even impossible to detonate by an ordinary blow.
This will detonate a muted explosion that results in a perfect strike.
Guncotton containing more than 15% of water is uninflammable, may be compressed or worked without danger and is much more difficult to detonate by a fulminate.