fire·​crack·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌkra-kər \

Definition of firecracker

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

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The outlaw country firecracker is bringing her second love -- curated vintage of a cowboy ilk -- to the fest. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Nikki Lane Shows How Her Stagecoach Vintage Market Is a Perfect Fit For the Festival," 23 Apr. 2018 Spinning components and firecrackers are not my thing. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "These Wedding Cakes Belong in The Louvre," 9 Apr. 2015 Some responded by throwing firecrackers and other projectiles. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Paris Rioting Puts Macron’s Economic Overhaul to the Test," 2 Dec. 2018 With the Hindu festival of lights Diwali in full swing this week, New Delhi residents celebrated with fireworks, lamps, firecrackers, and bottle rockets that sent smoke and ash through the chronically congested metropolis. Umair Irfan, Vox, "New Delhi is once again the most polluted city on Earth," 8 Nov. 2018 Flowers were distributed and children played with firecrackers while the Young Socialist Alliance hosted a peaceful rally and spoke about the Vietnam war and the new French government. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 July 2018 Those injuries weren't necessarily caused by non-consumer fireworks: 41 percent were caused by sparklers, firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Can I shoot fireworks in Louisville? Your July 4 questions answered," 28 June 2018 And in Central Florida on April 8, 11 people were hurt, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, when thieves used firecrackers at the Florida Mall to simulate gunshots. Doug Phillips,, "Fireworks distraction thieves hit jewelry store in Dadeland Mall," 16 Apr. 2018 Every year, thousands of people show up at hospital emergency rooms with injuries from firecrackers or even sparklers. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Don’t have a blast on the Fourth," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of firecracker

1823, in the meaning defined above

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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


fire·​crack·​er | \ ˈfīr-ˌkra-kər \

Kids Definition of firecracker

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

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