pyrotechnics

plural noun
py·​ro·​tech·​nics | \ ˌpī-rə-ˈtek-niks How to pronounce pyrotechnics (audio) \

Definition of pyrotechnics

1 singular or plural in construction : the art of making or the manufacture and use of fireworks
2a : a display of fireworks
b : a spectacular display (as of extreme virtuosity) verbal pyrotechnics keyboard pyrotechnics

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pyrotechnician \ ˌpī-​rə-​ˌtek-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce pyrotechnics (audio) \ noun
pyrotechnist \ ˌpī-​rə-​ˈtek-​nist How to pronounce pyrotechnics (audio) \ noun

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The use of military fireworks in elaborate celebrations of war and peace is an ancient Chinese custom, but our term for the making and launching of fireworks is a product of the 17th and 18th centuries. "Pyrotechnics" and the earlier adjective "pyrotechnic" derive via French from the Greek nouns pyr ("fire") and "techne" ("art"). In "pyr" one can see such fiery relatives as "pyromania," the term for an irresistible impulse to start fires, as well as "pyrite," the mineral also known as fool's gold, which once referred to a stone used for striking fire. Like "fireworks," "pyrotechnics" also has an extended figurative usage, referring to any kind of dazzling display or performance.

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Recent Examples on the Web Bobbitt and his team did four passes in all, including one with actors being filmed during the shooting and another with pyrotechnics only. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, "‘Judas’ cinematographer becomes invisible man to unobtrusively catch the action," 31 Mar. 2021 This time, most watched on television as authorities urged residents to stay home to see the seven minutes of pyrotechnics that lit up the Sydney Harbor Bridge and its surroundings. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, "Live updates: The world says goodbye to 2020, a year unlike any other," 31 Dec. 2020 This time, most watched on television as authorities urged residents to stay home to see the seven minutes of pyrotechnics that lit up the Sydney Harbor Bridge and its surroundings. Frank Jordans And Derek Gatopoulos, chicagotribune.com, "New Year’s festivities muted by coronavirus as curtain draws on 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 This also explains why these celebratory pyrotechnics often terrify dogs. Anna Brooks, Popular Science, "Fireworks scare us—that’s why we love them," 30 Dec. 2020 Twenty seconds later, the heat shield would fly off, as pyrotechnics snapped off nine separate mechanisms and separated it from the rover and backshell. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "NASA Lands the Perseverance Rover on Mars," 18 Feb. 2021 Presumably the filmmakers decided that the injustices could speak for themselves without any pumped up filmic pyrotechnics. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘The Mauritanian,’ Hollywood takes on Guantánamo. Can it do it justice?," 11 Feb. 2021 The usual special-effects pyrotechnics, meanwhile, are channeled into much more subtle triumphs of production design and costuming -- a TV show that turns decades of TV history into an ally. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'WandaVision' flexes some different muscles as Marvel adds its power to Disney+," 14 Jan. 2021 This time, most watched on television as authorities urged residents to stay home to see the seven minutes of pyrotechnics that lit up the Sydney Harbor Bridge and its surroundings. Frank Jordans And Derek Gatopoulos, chicagotribune.com, "New Year’s festivities muted by coronavirus as curtain draws on 2020," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pyrotechnics

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pyrotechnics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrotechnics. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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pyrotechnics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pyrotechnics

: a bright display of fireworks
: a very impressive show or display that requires great skill

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