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[fahyuh r-wurk] /ˈfaɪərˌwɜrk/
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
1550-60; fire + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But in many instances motion is imparted to the firework as a whole—to the case as well as to its contents.

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

    The Weathercock George Manville Fenn
  • That part of the carnival planned to take place in the garden was perforce abandoned, together with the firework display.

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

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • He had his gun, and I had mine; I had taken it to shoot a squirrel which meddled with our firework nonsense.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Unfortunately, a firework of applause was all that he could obtain.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • The carpenters engaged on the firework stage were just then hammering at it violently.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • "I don't intend there should be any more of these firework displays," he continued.

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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