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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Examples of firing in a Sentence

found a flaw in the gun's firing
Recent Examples on the Web Disney needs to stop the trend of firing actors for controversial tweets, and just keep treating the fans to a great show. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Petition urging Disney to rehire Mandalorian actress garners more than 40,000 signatures: 'Hollywood has struck down another conservative'," 16 Feb. 2021 With Derek Mason’s firing at Vanderbilt, there are zero Black head coaches in the SEC, one in the ACC and none in the Big 12. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 5 burning questions as college football coaching carousel speeds up," 3 Dec. 2020 Deputies responded to a call Sunday around 8:30 a.m. Sunday involving a vehicle pursuit, with the driver of the pursuing vehicle ramming the other vehicle and firing shots at the vehicle. William Thornton |, al, "Athens gas station owner fired at customer he thought stole gas, authorities say," 27 Oct. 2020 Spree includes shooting, robberies at restaurants, homes Reyes’ spree began on Sept. 29, when he is suspected of firing at least 12 rounds at two victims outside Diamond's Sports Grille in Mesa. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "Four-day crime spree including numerous robberies ends in Chandler arrest," 13 Oct. 2020 In a massive rivalry game the Red Raiders needed every one of their offensive weapons firing at peak levels to have a chance against this supremely talented Texas team. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Five takeaways from Texas Tech’s 63-56 OT loss to Texas, including squandered opportunities," 27 Sep. 2020 Brooks turning back toward the officer and pointing the Taser, and the officer is seen drawing his gun and firing at Brooks. Robert Klemko, Washington Post, "Former Atlanta police chief walked with protesters to demand change. She resigned after an officer fatally shot a black man.," 15 June 2020 Just before Christmas, Trump again put Tehran on notice, accusing Iranian proxies of firing rockets at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Biden Faces a Minefield in New Diplomacy with Iran," 4 Jan. 2021 Some pieces will be glazed before firing, others painted afterward., "Native plants become Native art. What happens when they're gone?," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of firing was in the 14th century

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28 Feb 2021

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“Firing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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