[fahyuh r-wurk]


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.
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • “That is my business—to sit on you when you go off like a firework,” said Gilmore merrily.

    The Weathercock

    George Manville Fenn

  • Suffice it to say the whole thing went off sparkling like a firework.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

  • But I can flame up into a consuming passion and burn like a firework.

    The Duel

    A. I. Kuprin

  • Unfortunately, a firework of applause was all that he could obtain.


    Joseph McCabe

  • People looked on as at some firework display, and nothing came of it.

    Cornish Characters

    S. Baring-Gould

British Dictionary definitions for firework



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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