from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who is skilled in pyrotechny; a manufacturer of fireworks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One skilled in pyrotechny; one who manufactures fireworks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated A pyrotechnician: person skilled in the manufacture or setting off of fireworks and firework displays.
  • noun One who demonstrates a brilliant display, as of rhetoric or wit, or of virtuosity in the performing arts.


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  • On other occasions, he was surrounded by a bevy of school-boys, whom he sometimes drilled to the manual, and sometimes, with less approbation on the part of their parents, instructed in the mystery of artificial fire-works; for in the case of public rejoicings, the Sergeant was pyrotechnist (as the Encyclopedia calls it) to the village of

    A Legend of Montrose

  • There would be a blaze and a confusion, in which timid men would doubt whether the constitution would be burned to tinder or only illuminated; but that blaze and that confusion would be dear to Mr Daubeny if he could stand as the centre figure — the great pyrotechnist who did it all, red from head to foot with the glare of the squibs with which his own hands were filling all the spaces.

    Phineas Redux

  • And this was the foremost pyrotechnist in the country, I-- I suppose.

    William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910

  • The invitation to Mr. ARTHUR BROCK, the well-known pyrotechnist, to express his opinion of STRAVINSKY'S orchestral fantasia, "Fireworks," on the occasion of its second performance at Queen's Hall on the 28th inst., has, we are delighted to learn, been fruitful of a series of similar invitations, not only in the sphere of music but also in the domain of art and letters.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 25, 1914

  • Not the captors of Guido Fawkes bounced with more consternation, when that eminent pyrotechnist proposed to touch off his gunpowder for their especial gratification and amusement.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847

  • Washington Square -- the set pieces of the celebrated pyrotechnist secured at a "staggering expense."

    Java Head

  • As this subject, however interesting to the theoretical pyrotechnist, cannot be understood without a knowledge of chemistry, it is obvious that that science is a powerful aid to pyrotechny ....

    James Cutbush An American Chemist, 1788-1823

  • The authour of The Rambler, however, may be considered, on this occasion, as the ringleader of a successful riot, though not as a skilful pyrotechnist. '

    Life Of Johnson

  • I then sought out a most amiable and expert pyrotechnist, a capable workman of genius, who with his own hand makes those dramatic firework arrangements which you sometimes see in Paris.

    The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

  • That was the design, and if you ask me how it was done, I can only refer you to my pyrotechnist, and say that whatever a Frenchman attempts to do he will accomplish artistically.

    The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont


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