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

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Demonstrators stayed more than two hours in front of the parliament continuously throwing hard objects and firecrackers. Llazar Semini, The Seattle Times, "Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest," 13 Apr. 2019 Thousands of opposition supporters from around the country showed up at Tirana’s main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard holding anti-government posters and slogans, throwing flares, firecrackers and other projectiles at police. Llazar Semini, The Seattle Times, "Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest," 13 Apr. 2019 People were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs in the crowd while police used flash bangs in an effort to disperse the clashing protesters. CBS News, "Right-wing activists Patriot Prayer, antifa clash at Portland protests," 1 July 2018 Using the sound of firecrackers to cause panic at three Florida malls allowed a Miami man to steal expensive Rolex watches from frightened jewelry store clerks and get away, Sunrise police say. Linda Trischitta,, "Rolex thief used firecrackers to cause panic and distract clerks, police say," 24 Apr. 2018 Lansing police had made sure that that park was safe and had looked through people's bags and making sure there were not any fireworks, firecrackers or guns. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb Township mom: Celebratory gunfire killed my daughter," 29 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce firecracker (audio) \

Kids Definition of firecracker

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

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