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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Firework  \Fire"work`\,  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.  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  name  is  also  given  to  various  combustible 
  preparations  used  in  war. 
 
  2.  pl  A  pyrotechnic  exhibition.  [Obs.  in  the  sing.] 
 
  Night  before  last  the  Duke  of  Richmond  gave  a 
  firework.  --Walpole. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  firework 
  n  :  burns  with  colored  flames  [syn:  {pyrotechnics}] 




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