/ (ˈpɔːtˌfaɪə) /
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(formerly) a slow-burning fuse used for firing rockets and fireworks and, in mining, for igniting explosives
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Word Origin for portfire
C17: from French porte-feu, from porter to carry + feu fire
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How to use portfire in a sentence
"I have eaten better, and worse," said Miss Portfire, quietly.
The recluse did not avail himself of Miss Portfire's invitation.
Miss Portfire's appetite did not come up to her protestations.
For the first time that evening Miss Portfire showed some anxiety.
Shortly after this signal of portfire they sent up a rocket from the barque.My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3|William Clark Russell