counterfire

noun
coun·​ter·​fire | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce counterfire (audio) \
variants: or counter-fire

Definition of counterfire

: the firing of weapons (such as firearms, artillery, or missiles) in response to the firing of weapons by another person or group There was no appreciable counterfire from Montgomery's tanks or artillery.— Robert Denny also : the bullets, shells, etc., that are discharged in counterfire His unit was firing on enemy positions on Aug. 10, 1918, when they were hit by counterfire. — Perry A. Farrell

First Known Use of counterfire

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterfire. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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