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[sen-truh l-fahyuh r]
  1. center-fire.
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Origin of central-fire

First recorded in 1880–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of central-fire

  • A little beyond my fishing-basket is a sideboard which is littered with central-fire cartridges, tins of powder, and bags of shot.

    Sporting Society, Vol. I (of 2)


  • They consequently lack the safety, reliability, and accuracy of the corresponding calibers in central-fire ammunition.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting

    A. L. A. Himmelwright

  • The central-fire cartridge, practically as now in use, was introduced into England in 1861 by Daw.

  • Many of these have been altered to breech-loaders, to shoot the central-fire cartridges, and are accurate and fine shooting arms.

  • The nearest size in central-fire cartridge to seven millimetres is called the 300, which is .3 of an inch.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees