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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also fire-works, "pyrotechnic contrivances," 1570s, from fire (n.) + works. Figurative use from 1660s.


n. 1 Plural and collective of firework. 2 An event or a display where fireworks are set off. 3 (context figuratively English) An boisterous or violent situation or event.


Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes. The most common use of a firework is as part of a fireworks display (also called a fireworks show or pyrotechnics), a display of the effects produced by firework devices. Fireworks competitions are also regularly held at a number of places.

Fireworks take many forms to produce the four primary effects: noise, light, smoke, and floating materials ( confetti for example). They may be designed to burn with colored flames and sparks including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and silver. Displays are common throughout the world and are the focal point of many cultural and religious celebrations.

Fireworks were invented in ancient China in the 12th century to scare away evil spirits, as a natural extension of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China of gunpowder. Such important events and festivities as Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

Fireworks are generally classified as to where they perform, either as a ground or aerial firework. In the latter case they may provide their own propulsion ( skyrocket) or be shot into the air by a mortar ( aerial shell).

The most common feature of fireworks is a paper or pasteboard tube or casing filled with the combustible material, often pyrotechnic stars. A number of these tubes or cases are often combined so as to make, when kindled, a great variety of sparkling shapes, often variously colored. The skyrocket is a common form of firework, although the first skyrockets were used in war. The aerial shell, however, is the backbone of today's commercial aerial display, and a smaller version for consumer use is known as the festival ball in the United States. Such rocket technology has also been used for the delivery of mail by rocket and is used as propulsion for most model rockets.

Fireworks (disambiguation)

Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes

Firework(s) may also refer to:

Fireworks (Pele album)

Fireworks is an album by the Liverpool-based indie rock band Pele. It was released in April 1992.

Fireworks (Angra album)

Fireworks is the third album by Angra, released in 1998, and the last to feature the original lineup.

Fireworks (Siouxsie and the Banshees song)

"Fireworks" is a song by British post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees, released as a stand-alone single in 1982 by record label Polydor in between the albums Juju (1981) and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (1982).

Fireworks (Roxette song)

"Fireworks" is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in 1994, it was the third single from their album Crash! Boom! Bang!. It achieved moderate success in various European countries, and peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

Strangely, the single was omitted from the career retrospective The Rox Box, which included every international single released by Roxette up to 2006. It has also been left off other hits compilations, leading to speculation that Roxette do not like the song.

In an interview with The Daily Roxette website in 2009, Per Gessle was asked why the song was ignored on the compilations. He answered, "I guess it just wasn't big enough. There are so many other Rox tracks that kick its ass. And on The Rox Box we decided to use demos and other uplifting stuff instead."

Fireworks (This Busy Monster album)

Fireworks is the second full-length album by the Seattle indie band This Busy Monster. It was released in 2001 on the band's own label, Barsuk Records.

Fireworks (2000 TV series)

Fireworks is a South Korean tele drama produced and broadcast by SBS from 2 February to 18 May 2000.

Fireworks (2006 TV series)

Fireworks (; lit. "Fireworks Display" or "Exhibition of Fireworks") is a 2006 South Korean television series starring Han Chae-young, Kang Ji-hwan, Park Eun-hye and Yoon Sang-hyun. It aired on MBC from May 13 to July 9, 2006 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 for 17 episodes.

Fireworks (Bonfire album)

Fireworks is the second album by the hard rock band Bonfire. It was released in 1987 on the label BMG International with two different covers, the worldwide one had a patterned similar to a decorated vault door while the North American version was simply four pictures of each band member in each corner of the cover. This album was recorded with a guest drummer, Ken Mary from Fifth Angel, because the band's drummer was fired during the writing sessions. A new drummer was hired just before the band toured in support of Fireworks. In 2003, the album was certified a Gold seller. Originally the band had recorded 25 songs, settling on 11 tracks.

Fireworks (play)

Fireworks is a set of three one-act plays about American life by Jon Swan. The set includes the plays The Report, Football, and Fireworks For a Hot Fourth. The work premiered Off-Broadway at the Village South Theatre on June 11, 1969 where it ran for a total of seven performances.

Fireworks (1947 film)

Fireworks (1947) is a homoerotic experimental film by Kenneth Anger. Filmed in his parents' home in Beverly Hills, California, over a long weekend while they were away, the film stars Anger and explicitly explores themes of homosexuality and sado-masochism. It is the earliest of his works to survive.

Anger synopsizes the film thus: "A dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a 'light' and is drawn through the needle's eye. A dream of a dream, he returns to bed less empty than before." Adding later, "This flick is all I have to say about being seventeen, the United States Navy, American Christmas, and the Fourth of July."

Anger was arrested on obscenity charges following the release of Fireworks. In 1958, a lawsuit was brought against the manager Raymond Rohauer of L.A.'s Coronet Theatre for screening Fireworks. The case became "an epic obscenity trial" in the California Supreme Court which declared the film to be art.

Fireworks (Animal Collective song)

"Fireworks" is the second single from Animal Collective's 2007 album, Strawberry Jam, released November 5, 2007 by Domino Records. Rather than including a b-side, the reverse side of the record is an etching. The video for this song premiered in July 2007. During the tours of 2005 and 2006 this song was known as "Allman Vibe".

The song was listed at No. 35 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s.

When performed live between 2007 and 2009, the song often stretched upwards of ten minutes with the addition of elements of either "Essplode" or "Lablakely Dress", two songs from the band's earlier album Danse Manatee.

This song appeared in the Channel 4 Drama Series Skins in 2007, and in an episode of the third season of HBO's In Treatment series in 2010.

Fireworks (30 Rock)

"Fireworks" is the eighteenth episode of NBC's first season of 30 Rock. It was written by two of the season's co-executive producers Brett Baer and Dave Finkel, and it was directed by Beth McCarthy. It first aired on April 5, 2007 in the United States. Guest stars in this episode include Will Arnett, Kay Cannon, Matt Dickinson, Dave Finkel, Evan Harrington, Chris Parnell, Maulik Pancholy, Maury Povich, Keith Powell, Stu Richel, Al Roker, Mahadeo Shivraj, Kissy Simmons, Jason Sudeikis and Brendon Walsh.

In this episode, Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) stages a televised firework display, in an attempt to show up his rival, Devon Banks (Will Arnett). Devon, upon their first meeting, develops a crush on Kenneth Parcell ( Jack McBrayer). Liz Lemon ( Tina Fey) follows Floyd (Jason Sudeikis), a colleague whom she is attracted to, into Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in an attempt to get closer to him. Tracy Jordan ( Tracy Morgan) discovers that he is related to Thomas Jefferson and decides to honor his ancestor. James "Toofer" Spurlock ( Keith Powell) discovers a shocking secret about one of his own ancestors.

Fireworks (band)

Fireworks was an American garage rock band from Denton, Texas.

Fireworks was founded by Darin Lin Wood, a former member of the bands Cop Shoot Cop, '68 Comeback, and The Blacksnakes. In 1993, he founded Fireworks with Chris Merlick. Merlick was an itinerant member, leaving the group and returning several times; its other members included drummer Janet Walker and guitarist James Arthur. They released an album on Crypt Records in 1994 and a sophomore effort on Au Go Go Records in 1996. Following this, Wood and Walker worked on a side band with Mick Collins of The Gories called Blacktop; this project released I Got a Bad Feelin' About This in 1995 on In The Red. Fireworks's last full-length appeared in 1997.

Fireworks (punk band)

Fireworks is an American rock band from Metro Detroit, Michigan. They are currently signed to Triple Crown Records. Their most recent album, Oh, Common Life, was released on March 25, 2014.

Fireworks (Drake song)

"Fireworks" is a song by Canadian recording artist Drake from his debut album Thank Me Later. The song features singer Alicia Keys, who previously worked with Drake on the single " Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)". Originally, it was supposed to be the fourth single, but it was changed to Fancy.

Fireworks (The Tragically Hip song)

"Fireworks" is the third single from The Tragically Hip's sixth studio album, Phantom Power. The song was very successful in Canada, peaking at #9 on Canada's RPM Singles chart.

Fireworks (Snoop Dogg song)

"Fireworks" is a song by American rapper Snoop Dogg, released to promote his fourteenth studio album Coolaid, with the record labels; Doggystyle Records and eOne Music. The song, produced by Swizz Beatz.

Fireworks (magazine)

Fireworks is a British magazine about fireworks, aimed at enthusiasts and pyrotechnic professionals.

The magazine began life in February 1982 as a photocopied newsletter for firework enthusiasts. At the time, the number of British firework companies was in sharp decline and their tangible remains were being lost or destroyed. Fireworks was also intended to record the histories of these companies, firework celebrations and print readers' nostalgic recollections of Guy Fawkes' Night.

Fireworks includes colour pictures of early British fireworks and celebrations, including displays for Guy Fawkes Night.

The Letters page is a forum for debate, for instance the recent discovery of nineteenth century flares by the UK coastguard service, and the new Amberley firework museum. The magazine is in colour throughout, and pictures are of displays, events, and people as well as popular British fireworks from the 1930s to the 1970s. Pictorial matter includes cartoons (Sturtz, Fireworks' resident cartoonist among others). Some cartoons are historical. There is a once-a-year directory of firework companies; snippets of firework news in Round Up; and safety information and news which provide firers with the information they require to safely fire displays.

Major events, both current and historical, are covered in articles, and there are profiles of prominent figures, as well as a hall of fame.

The magazine's articles are written by notable figures in the firework industry and the firework world generally, including Reverend Ron Lancaster (author of Fireworks: Principles and Practice, an authoratitive work for firework people), who has paid tribute to the magazine's work to preserve firework history in that book.

The current issues are very different from the early stapled sheets, and the magazine is commercial in appearance. The magazine has had a part to play in the foundation of a firework museum, the formation of a family of firework collectors and admirers, and the presentation of fireworks as an acceptable form of enjoyment by responsible people aware of safety issues and determined to improve safety wherever possible.

Usage examples of "fireworks".

Halloween bonfire, where a gang of men was erecting the wooden framework for the fireworks display that was to open the evening.

He watched, holding his breath, waiting for the fireworks as they detonated.

He shook his head in amazement as cascading insights went off like fireworks inside his brain.

Now, could you hook up a bunch of fireworks to scare someone without hurting him?

He began tying the wick of each piece of fireworks to a long cable that snaked in a large circle around the trailer.

Pete, Larry, Sidnev, Wilbur, and Elmer as they carefully picked up the fireworks and replaced them in the boxes.

Nearly all the rest of our money went to get fireworks for the Fifth of November.