fir·​ing | \ ˈfī-riŋ How to pronounce firing (audio) , ˈfī-ər-iŋ\

Definition of firing

1 : the act or process of one that fires
2 : the process of maturing ceramic products by the application of heat

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Synonyms for firing


blasting, discharge, shot

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Examples of firing in a Sentence

found a flaw in the gun's firing

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Texas A&M struggled through an 18-loss campaign that culminated in the firing of Billy Kennedy, who had led the program for eight seasons. Nick Moyle,, "Longhorns notebook: Longhorns, Aggies set to renew basketball rivalry," 14 June 2019 This is the second investigation this month by the OIG that resulted in the firing of DOT employees. Brittany Brown,, "Baltimore Department of Transportation employee was driving for rideshare during work hours, report finds," 14 June 2019 The Bears finished 10-6 that season but missed the playoffs, leading to the firing of Lovie Smith. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 86, Brandon Marshall," 12 June 2019 Bowen’s father testified during the trial and the scandal led to the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "How Saginaw's Brian Bowen found refuge from shoe scandal Down Under," 12 June 2019 Now, the fact that this belief has usually manifested itself in the firing of personnel rather than the hiring is a nice dichotomy., "Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea May End Up Rueing Decision to Allow Italian to Depart for Juventus," 4 June 2019 The footage, released in 2015 after a lengthy delay, sparked widespread protests in Chicago, led to the firing of the police superintendent, and resulted in a Justice Department probe. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Illinois Attorney General Pushes for Tougher Sentence in Police Shooting," 11 Feb. 2019 The shooting fueled increased demands for transparency from the Police Department, and resulted in the firing of several officers. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A California city plans to shred years of police records before a new law makes them public," 27 Dec. 2018 When asked by USA Today, Avila declined to discuss the details of the firing. Jenna West,, "Former Tigers Pitching Coach Chris Bosio Claims Miscommunication Resulted in Firing," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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