bottle rocket


: a firework typically consisting of a cylindrical case that is partly filled with combustible material and fastened to a guiding stick which may be placed in a bottle to control the direction of the rocket's launch

Examples of bottle rocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roman candles and bottle rockets are prohibited at Michigan state parks at all times. Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2024 Thousands of people gathered to dance and dodge amid the bulls as roman candles and bottle rockets showered them with sparks, and spinners nipped at their legs. Fernanda Pesce and Alexis Triboulard, Quartz, 9 Mar. 2024 These include firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles. Molly Walsh |, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2023 In Alabama, fireworks such as bottle rockets, fire crackers, sparklers, roman candles, smoke bombs, and wheels and spinners are allowed. Leada Gore |, al, 4 July 2023 According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spent $2.3 billion on fireworks in 2022, including professional shows and backyard bottle rockets and sparklers ($8, Walmart). Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 June 2023 Manatees and stingrays swim at a leisurely pace, leading to spectacular views of the phenomenon in slow motion, while speeding schools of mullet create quick flashes, appearing like hundreds of green bottle rockets going off underwater. Talia Avakian, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2023 Flowers is a bottle rocket who excelled in tough circumstances at Boston College. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2023 That bottle rocket hit my car and bounced off. Tatiana Sanchez,, 5 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bottle rocket was in 1939

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“Bottle rocket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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