fire control


noun Military.

technical and sometimes automatic supervision of artillery or naval gunfire on a target, as for range, elevation, etc.

Origin of fire control

First recorded in 1885–90
Related formsfire-con·trol, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fire control

Historical Examples of fire control

  • They had spread blankets on the floor of the fire-control room.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Already the range had been signaled from the fire-control wells.

  • Only by the fire-control officers, a hundred feet above the decks, could her whole hull be seen.

  • Since that time very great improvements have been made in fire-control, and the accuracy of gun-fire.

  • Others were mounted aloft in the tops, just as they were in our own days until the tops were required for fire-control platforms.

British Dictionary definitions for fire control

fire control


military the procedures by which weapons are brought to engage a target
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