- 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.
- a pyrotechnic display.
- a display of violent temper or fierce activity.
- any spectacular display, especially of wit or of a technical feat by a musician or dancer.
Origin of firework
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We sat on the grass, in the hot twilight, watching the fireworks burst in patriotic showers of light over Independence.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
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“The U.S. celebrates the day it became independent every year with fireworks rather than sorrow,” he said.Scots Must Choose Heart or Head
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I remember my father leaving our July 4th fireworks party to go to Rome where my grandfather died.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
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Drones have been used to photograph everything from football games to fireworks displays.Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone
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The Fireworks Music was scored for fifty-six wind instruments.Handel
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Well, then, le's have Fourth o' July fireworks next Sunday mornin'!Tiverton Tales
Did you know you are to drive me into town in the phaeton for the fireworks?The Gentleman From Indiana
These dismal shells, when they burst in the air, were like the fireworks at a fte.My Double Life
Nevertheless, this colossal hospitality--apart from the fireworks--cost us nothing at all.Freeland
- a show in which large numbers of fireworks are let off simultaneously
- informal an exciting or spectacular exhibition, as of musical virtuosity or wit
- informal a burst of temper
- 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
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Word Origin and History for fireworks
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