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[pahy-ruh-tek-niks] /ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
the art of making fireworks.
the use of fireworks for display, military purposes, etc.
a display of fireworks.
a brilliant or sensational display, as of rhetoric or musicianship.
Military. ammunition containing chemicals for producing smoke or light, as for signaling, illuminating, or screening.
Also, pyrotechny (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of pyrotechnics
1710-20; see pyrotechnic, -ics Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pyrotechnics
  • Those expecting pyrotechnics from the budget had overestimated it.
  • But this disc is more than a display of pyrotechnics.
  • The bigger worry is that this week's pyrotechnics will incinerate wider efforts to stabilise a region full of dangerous rivalries.
  • We must encourage the future generation of filmmakers to not abandon the art and craft of story for pyrotechnics.
  • And he learned that the pyrotechnics were not a cause to celebrate.
  • He avoided pyrotechnics, because the goal was lucidity.
  • When not offering piddling pyrotechnics and phony fight sequences, the movie tries desperately to be cute.
  • For all its special effects and pyrotechnics, science fiction is not a dependable genre at the box office.
  • It's all singing and dancing and pyrotechnics, except that the stars don't actually sing the songs.
  • There's stuff that will happen, but there's not going to be a lot of pyrotechnics because they won't allow that on the beach.
British Dictionary definitions for pyrotechnics


(functioning as sing) the art or craft of making fireworks
(functioning as singular or pl) a firework display
(functioning as singular or pl) brilliance of display, as in the performance of music: keyboard pyrotechnics
Also called pyrotechny
Derived Forms
pyrotechnic, pyrotechnical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pyrotechnics

1729, from pyrotechnic (also see -ics). Figurative sense is from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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