a paper or cardboard cylinder filled with an explosive and having a fuse, for discharging to make a noise, as during a celebration.

1820–30, Americanism; fire + cracker Unabridged
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firecracker (ˈfaɪəˌkrækə)
1.  a small cardboard container filled with explosive powder and lit by a fuse
2.  impressively energetic: a firecracker start to the race

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Example sentences
During the warmer months, they're likely to open the box and toss in a firecracker or two.
Many witnesses reported that the sun began to spin in much the same way that a firecracker wheel spins.
One time he through the match in stead of the firecracker, and the firecracker went off in his hand.
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