One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to fireworks.‘a pyrotechnic display’
- ‘Adding to the dynamism of the music are frequent pyrotechnic displays, inventive sets and props, and several giant video screens.’
- ‘The highlight of the Yenshui fireworks festival is the ‘hives’ - pyrotechnic launch platforms the size of shipping containers.’
- ‘Fireworks lit up the sky and chased across the water during a breathtaking pyrotechnic display at Salford Quays.’
- ‘I can't watch pyrotechnic displays anymore without tearing up.’
- ‘The spectacular pyrotechnic display, organised by the Southend Round Table, attracts crowds of up to 10,000.’
- ‘The pyrotechnic display that followed the performance was dazzling, and a rare occurrence in these otherwise desolate parts.’
- ‘The Hong Kong Tourism Board has also called off a planned rooftop pyrotechnic display originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday.’
- ‘She's receiving adulatory applause from the audience, and has a really exciting pyrotechnic display too.’
- ‘The parade began after dark on Tuesday, the second day of the carnival, with a pyrotechnic display.’
- ‘Three overlapping exhibitions feature the work of the Chinese-born, New York-based artist known for his pyrotechnic displays.’
- ‘The qualities of this plant for pyrotechnic displays are as well known as those of the Calatropis gigantean.’
- ‘We have been treated to pyrotechnic displays since November last year in our area.’
- ‘In my judgment, pyrotechnic displays should never have gone on in that building.’
2Brilliant or sensational.‘his writing contains more pyrotechnic energy, more colour and action’
- ‘Add to that the pyrotechnic brilliance of Ted Turner and there's a volatile brew ready to explode.’
Early 19th century: from pyro- ‘fire’ + Greek tekhnē ‘art’ + -ic.
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