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.
- A device consisting of a combination of explosives and combustibles, set off to generate colored lights, smoke, and noise for amusement.
- A display of such devices.
- An exciting or spectacular display, as of musical virtuosity.
- A display of rage or fierce contention.