firing

[ fahyuh r-ing ]
/ ˈfaɪər ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that fires.
material for a fire; fuel.
the act of baking ceramics or glass.

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Origin of firing

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at fire, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM firing

un·fir·ing, adjective

Definition for firing (2 of 2)

Origin of fire

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English fȳr; cognate with Old Norse fūrr, German Feuer, Greek pŷr (see pyro-); (v.) Middle English firen to kindle, inflame, derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM fire

fir·er, nouncoun·ter·fire, noun, verb (used without object), coun·ter·fired, coun·ter·fir·ing.re·fire, verb, re·fired, re·fir·ing.un·fired, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fire

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British Dictionary definitions for firing (1 of 2)

firing
/ (ˈfaɪərɪŋ) /

noun

the process of baking ceramics, etc, in a kiln or furnacea second firing
the act of stoking a fire or furnace
a discharge of a firearm
something used as fuel, such as coal or wood
US a scorching of plants, as a result of disease, drought, or heat

British Dictionary definitions for firing (2 of 2)

fire
/ (faɪə) /

noun

verb

sentence substitute

a cry to warn others of a fire
the order to begin firing a gun, artillery, etc

Derived forms of fire

fireable, adjectivefireless, adjectivefirer, noun

Word Origin for fire

Old English fӯr; related to Old Saxon fiur, Old Norse fūrr, Old High German fūir, Greek pur
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Medical definitions for firing

fire
[ fīr ]

v.

To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
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Idioms and Phrases with firing

fire

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