[ 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.
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Origin of center-fire
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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