or py·ro·tech·ni·cal

[pahy-ruh-tek-nik or pahy-ruh-tek-ni-kuh l]


of or relating to pyrotechnics.
pertaining to, resembling, or suggesting fireworks.

Origin of pyrotechnic

First recorded in 1695–1705; pyro- + technic
Related formspy·ro·tech·ni·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pyrotechnic

Contemporary Examples of pyrotechnic

Historical Examples of pyrotechnic

  • In Europe the Italians were the first to cultivate the pyrotechnic art.

  • We are only the victims of his pyrotechnic violence; and it is he who hits us in the eye.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

  • No one within its walls has been witness to the pyrotechnic display.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • Marion was alternately amused and dazzled by the pyrotechnic Agatha.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • To one who did not understand, the sky looked like a pyrotechnic display.

    The Moon Colony

    William Dixon Bell

Word Origin and History for pyrotechnic

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