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pyrotechnic

[pahy-ruh-tek-nik] /ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to pyrotechnics.
2.
pertaining to, resembling, or suggesting fireworks.
Also, pyrotechnical.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; pyro- + technic
Related forms
pyrotechnically, adverb
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Examples from the web for pyrotechnic
  • The payload of the shell usually comprises small spherical pellets of pyrotechnic composition designed to generate light.
  • Without fuel in the launch vehicle and all the pyrotechnic bolts unarmed, no one imagined a fire could start let alone thrive.
  • Last season's ending was pyrotechnic, furtive, dramatic and fraught.
  • Even this did not exhaust the pyrotechnic potential of the impacting comet.
  • In a rollover, pyrotechnic roll bars and curtain-style air bags deploy instantly.
  • pyrotechnic chemicals are included even when they do not evolve gases.
  • The use of the pyrotechnic night signal is shown here.
  • pyrotechnic devices that do not fit the above descriptions would be illegal for sale, use, or transportation without a permit.
  • The cartridges consist of a cartridge case, a projectile with pyrotechnic smoke payload, and a pyrotechnic impact fuze.
  • pyrotechnic devices were discharged onto walls covered with gypsum board, wood paneling, and polyurethane foam.
Word Origin and History for pyrotechnic
adj.

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).

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