misfire


1mis·fire

verb \ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r\

of an engine : to fail to work properly because the fuel mixture burns at the wrong time

of a gun : to fail to fire properly : to fail to shoot a bullet

: to fail to have an intended effect : to fail to work properly

Full Definition of MISFIRE

intransitive verb
1
:  to have the explosive or propulsive charge fail to ignite at the proper time <the engine misfired>
2
:  to fail to fire <the gun misfired>
3
:  to miss an intended effect or objective <the new ad campaign misfired>

Examples of MISFIRE

  1. <their scheme to rob the bank misfired disastrously and landed them all in jail>

First Known Use of MISFIRE

1752

2mis·fire

noun \ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r, ˈmis-ˌ\

Definition of MISFIRE

1
:  a failure (as of a cartridge or firearm) to fire
2
:  something that misfires

First Known Use of MISFIRE

1839

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