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center-fire

[sen-ter-fahyuh r]
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adjective
  1. (of a cartridge) having the primer in the center of the base.Compare rimfire(def 1).
  2. (of firearms) designed for the use of such cartridges.

Origin of center-fire

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for center-fire

Historical Examples

  • “Twenty-two, cupronickle, center-fire,” he announced with a hard smile.

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage

  • Prob'ly they're center-fire ca'tridges for rim-fire guns, or vicy-versy.

    The Wilderness Trail

    Frank Williams