- the art of making fireworks.
- the use of fireworks for display, military purposes, etc.
- a display of fireworks.
- a brilliant or sensational display, as of rhetoric or musicianship.
- Military. ammunition containing chemicals for producing smoke or light, as for signaling, illuminating, or screening.
Also py·ro·tech·ny (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of pyrotechnics
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Examples from the Web for pyrotechnics
Thankfully, no one was injured in the blast, which—at the very least—makes for a spectacular display of pyrotechnics.Harry Potter Raps, The Catcalls Heard ‘Round the World and More Viral Videos
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GoPro hooked up a camera to a drone and flew it into the pyrotechnics, offering a new way to marvel at the spectacle.Hedgehog Birthday, ‘Frozen Is the New Black,’ and More Viral Videos
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It was like some terrible and giant display of pyrotechnics.Life in a Tank
There are displays of sparks and glow surpassing all the pyrotechnics of art.Steam Steel and Electricity
James W. Steele
The fireworks were the most gorgeous display of pyrotechnics I ever saw.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912
The daily display of pyrotechnics of a somewhat more awe-inspiring sort has rendered us positively cloyed with that pleasure.My Austrian Love
Think of the pyrotechnics among comets and aërolites some fellows may have!
- (functioning as singular) the art or craft of making fireworks
- (functioning as singular or plural) a firework display
- (functioning as singular or plural) brilliance of display, as in the performance of musickeyboard pyrotechnics
Also called: pyrotechny
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Word Origin and History for pyrotechnics
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