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firework

[fahyuh r-wurk]
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noun
  1. Often fireworks. a combustible or explosive device for producing a striking display of light or a loud noise, used for signaling or as part of a celebration.
  2. fireworks,
    1. a pyrotechnic display.
    2. a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
    3. any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.

Origin of firework

First recorded in 1550–60; fire + work
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Examples from the Web for fireworks

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  • The Fireworks Music was scored for fifty-six wind instruments.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • Well, then, le's have Fourth o' July fireworks next Sunday mornin'!

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Did you know you are to drive me into town in the phaeton for the fireworks?

  • These dismal shells, when they burst in the air, were like the fireworks at a fte.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Nevertheless, this colossal hospitality--apart from the fireworks--cost us nothing at all.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka


British Dictionary definitions for fireworks

fireworks

pl n
  1. a show in which large numbers of fireworks are let off simultaneously
  2. informal an exciting or spectacular exhibition, as of musical virtuosity or wit
  3. informal a burst of temper

firework

noun
  1. a device, such as a Catherine wheel, Roman candle, or rocket, in which combustible materials are ignited and produce coloured flames, sparks, and smoke, sometimes accompanied by bangs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fireworks

n.

1570s, from fire (n.) + works (see work (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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