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pyrotechnics

[pahy-ruh-tek-niks] /ˌpaɪ rəˈtɛk nɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
the art of making fireworks.
2.
the use of fireworks for display, military purposes, etc.
3.
a display of fireworks.
4.
a brilliant or sensational display, as of rhetoric or musicianship.
5.
Military. ammunition containing chemicals for producing smoke or light, as for signaling, illuminating, or screening.
Also, pyrotechny (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; see pyrotechnic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for pyrotechny

pyrotechnics

/ˌpaɪrəʊˈtɛknɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the art or craft of making fireworks
2.
(functioning as singular or pl) a firework display
3.
(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 pyrotechny

pyrotechnics

n.

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

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