Simple Definition of pyrotechnics
: a bright display of fireworks
: a very impressive show or display that requires great skill
Full Definition of pyrotechnics
1 singular or plural in construction : the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks
2 a : a display of fireworks b : a spectacular display (as of extreme virtuosity) <verbal pyrotechnics> <keyboard pyrotechnics>
pyrotechnicianplay \-ˌtek-ˈni-shən\ noun
pyrotechnistplay \-ˈtek-nist\ noun
Examples of pyrotechnics in a sentence
<the film's dazzling pyrotechnics, including dynamic editing and fluid cinematography, make it a favorite of cinephiles>
Did You Know?
The use of military fireworks in elaborate celebrations of war and peace is an ancient Chinese custom, but our term for the making and launching of fireworks is a product of the 17th and 18th centuries. "Pyrotechnics" and the earlier adjective "pyrotechnic" derive via French from the Greek nouns pyr ("fire") and "techne" ("art"). In "pyr" one can see such fiery relatives as "pyromania," the term for an irresistible impulse to start fires, as well as "pyrite," the mineral also known as fool's gold, which once referred to a stone used for striking fire. Like "fireworks," "pyrotechnics" also has an extended figurative usage, referring to any kind of dazzling display or performance.
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