counterfire

noun coun·ter·fire \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfī(-ə)r \
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

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