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 pyrotechnical

Historical Examples of pyrotechnical

  • 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.

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