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or pyrotechnical

[pahy-ruh-tek-nik or pahy-ruh-tek-ni-kuh l] /ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪk or ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪ kəl/
of or relating to pyrotechnics.
pertaining to, resembling, or suggesting fireworks.
Origin of pyrotechnic
First recorded in 1695-1705; pyro- + technic
Related forms
pyrotechnically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Even to-day the pyrotechnical displays against the dark depths of the night sky hold mankind spellbound.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • The effect of a shell-burst on the boat will be at least pyrotechnical, and probably very fatal.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • Photographs of pyrotechnical displays can also be made at night.

    Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition

    Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie
  • A pyrotechnical combustible attached to a grapnel for adhering to and setting fire to ships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • In addition to these a very great number of other pyrotechnical preparations contain antimony.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • His sermon, I may here state, was one of the most singular and pyrotechnical ever preached in Nyack.

    The Von Toodleburgs F. Colburn Adams
  • O, for some mighty genius of color who will deluge the sky with pyrotechnical symphonies!

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Each temple provided a quantity of fireworks, and appointed responsible officers to superintend their pyrotechnical displays.

Word Origin and History for pyrotechnical



1704, "of or pertaining to fire;" 1825, "of or pertaining to fireworks," from pyro- + Greek tekhnikos "made by art," from tekhne "art" (see techno-). Figurative use attested from 1847. Related: Pyrotechnical (1610s, from pyrotechny "use of gunpowder," 1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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