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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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Examples from the web for firework
  • Another, painted at the turn of the millennium, presents an imaginary firework display.
  • Those who stay at home whisper prayers for their ancestors, while in the parks, there are celebratory firework displays.
  • The cruise offers incredible views of the firework displays going on around the lake.
  • No matter how small or large a firework device may be, it is a potential fire starter.
  • The adult igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • As a convenience a link is provided in this section to the department's application for firework exhibits.
  • Here's a list of a few common firework ingredients, their use, and what makes them so dangerous.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
  • Once the firework is lit, get away quickly to a safe distance.
  • Find the perfect perch on a blanket or boat and watch the night sky sparkle with an array of firework displays.
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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