firework

firework
firework fire"work` (f[imac]r"w[^u]rk`), n. 1. A device for producing a striking display of light, or a figure or figures in plain or colored fire, by the combustion of materials that burn in some peculiar manner, as gunpowder, sulphur, metallic filings, and various salts; also called a {pyrotechnic device}. The most common feature of fireworks is a paper or pasteboard tube filled with the combustible material. A number of these tubes or cases are often combined so as to make, when kindled, a great variety of figures in fire, often variously colored. The skyrocket is a common form of firework. The art of designing fireworks for purposes of entertainment is called {pyrotechnics}. The name firework is also given to various combustible preparations used in war.

2. pl. A pyrotechnic exhibition; an entertainment consisting of the discharge of fireworks[1]. [Obs. in the sing.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

Night before last, the Duke of Richmond gave a firework. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]


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