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pyrotechnic

adjective py·ro·tech·nic \ ˌpī-rə-ˈtek-nik \
variants: or less commonly pyrotechnical play \-ni-kəl\

Definition of pyrotechnic

:of or relating to pyrotechnics

pyrotechnically

play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Did You Know?

You've read about funeral pyres, and you may even have survived a pyromaniac ("insane fire-starting") stage in your youth, so you might have guessed that pyr means "fire" in Greek. Pyrotechnic refers literally to fireworks, but always seems to be used for something else—something just as exciting, explosive, dazzling, sparkling, or brilliant. The performances of sports stars and dancers are often described as pyrotechnic, and a critic may describe the pyrotechnics of a rock guitarist's licks or a film's camerawork. A pyrotechnic performance is always impressive, but the word occasionally suggests something more like "flashy" or "flamboyant".

Origin and Etymology of pyrotechnic

French pyrotechnique, from Greek pyr fire + technē art — more at technical


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pyrotechnic

noun

Definition of pyrotechnic

1 a :firework
b :any of various similar devices (as for igniting a rocket or producing an explosion)
2 :a combustible substance used in a firework

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First Known Use of pyrotechnic

1840


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