fire·​crack·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌkra-kər How to pronounce firecracker (audio) \

Definition of firecracker

: a usually paper cylinder containing an explosive and a fuse and set off to make a noise

Examples of firecracker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trouble started when dozens of men, some wearing masks, pelted security forces with stones and threw firecrackers at them on one edge of the protest camp. Washington Post, "Protracted street clashes engulf Beirut near protest camp," 15 Dec. 2019 As storytelling, though, Bombshell is a wet firecracker. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Feeble Fox News Attack at the Movies," 10 Dec. 2019 City officials are quick to point out revisions have taken out any mention of jail time and the law – which stemmed from a firecracker being thrown into a trick-or-treater’s bag – has never really been enforced. Leada Gore |, al, "Halloween 2019: How old is too old to go trick-or-treating?," 31 Oct. 2019 The ordinance was introduced after an especially violent Halloween in 1968 where a city in the Hampton Roads region witnessed several incidents, including people throwing firecrackers into trick or treaters' Halloween bags. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "You may have heard about the Virginia town that went viral for banning anyone over 14 from trick or treating. Here's the whole story," 23 Oct. 2019 Protesters turned over metal barriers, set fire to trash cans and threw firecrackers and other objects at police. Joseph Wilson,, "Spanish government readies measures amid Catalonia violence," 16 Oct. 2019 Protester fires a firecracker at riot police officers during a clash in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Niniek Karmini, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Parliament elects Indonesia’s first female House speaker," 1 Oct. 2019 Her determination to start up on her own sparked firecrackers of ambition in younger minds. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Saoirse Ronan plays the story’s heroine, aspiring writer and all-around firecracker Jo March, the second-oldest daughter in a family of New England sisters circa the mid-1860s. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Greta Gerwig’s Invigorating Little Women Adaptation Is Pure Pleasure to Watch," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of firecracker

1823, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2020

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“Firecracker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of firecracker

: a small paper cylinder that is filled with an explosive and that produces a loud noise when it explodes


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Kids Definition of firecracker

: a paper tube containing an explosive to be set off for amusement

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