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firing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
    • hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes
    • they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire
  2. noun the act of discharging a gun
    discharge; firing off.
  3. noun the act of setting something on fire
    kindling; lighting; ignition; inflammation.
  4. noun the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    sacking; dismissal; sack; liberation; release; discharge; dismission.
  5. verb start firing a weapon
    fire; open fire.
  6. verb cause to go off
    fire; discharge.
    • fire a gun
    • fire a bullet
  7. verb bake in a kiln so as to harden
    • fire pottery
  8. verb terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    give the axe; send away; give the sack; fire; dismiss; terminate; displace; sack; give notice; force out; can.
    • The boss fired his secretary today
    • The company terminated 25% of its workers
  9. verb go off or discharge
    fire; discharge; go off.
    • The gun fired
  10. verb drive out or away by or as if by fire
    • The soldiers were fired
    • Surrender fires the cold skepticism
  11. verb call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    raise; fire; enkindle; elicit; arouse; evoke; kindle; provoke.
    • arouse pity
    • raise a smile
    • evoke sympathy
  12. verb destroy by fire
    fire; burn; burn down.
    • They burned the house and his diaries
  13. verb provide with fuel
    fuel; fire.
    • Oil fires the furnace

Fir"ing noun
  1. The act of disharging firearms.
  2. The mode of introducing fuel into the furnace and working it. Knight.
  3. The application of fire, or of a cautery. Dunglison.
  4. The process of partly vitrifying pottery by exposing it to intense heat in a kiln.
  5. Fuel; firewood or coal. Obs. Mortimer.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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