[ sen-ter-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈsɛn tərˌfaɪər /


(of a cartridge) having the primer in the center of the base.Compare rimfire(def 1).
(of firearms) designed for the use of such cartridges.

Origin of center-fire

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for center-fire

  • “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