[verb mis-fiuh r; noun mis-fahyuh r]
- (of a rifle or gun or of a bullet or shell) to fail to fire or explode.
- (of an internal-combustion engine) to fail to ignite properly or when expected.
- to fail to achieve the desired result, effect, etc.: His criticisms completely misfired.
- an act or instance of misfiring.
Origin of misfire
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Examples from the Web for misfire
Feely also indicated that the TOW was reliable, citing he had never seen a misfire during his four-year enlistment.The Big Weapons that the U.S. May Be Secretly Supplying to the Syrian Rebels
April 25, 2014
The unexpectedness of this misfire positively overcame his faculties.Chance
He tried again, in case it was just a misfire, but there was still only the click.Deathworld
"Misfire threw him off," exclaimed the spectators afterward.The Adventures of Bobby Orde
Stewart Edward White
Simultaneously one cylinder starts to misfire, and then another.Across America by Motor-cycle
C. K. Shepherd
From the position of the check-lever you realise that there has been a misfire.Cavalry of the Clouds
- (of a firearm or its projectile) to fail to fire, explode, or ignite as or when expected
- (of a motor engine or vehicle, etc) to fail to fire at the appropriate time, often causing a backfire
- to fail to operate or occur as intended
- the act or an instance of misfiring
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Word Origin and History for misfire
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