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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Phalanx, on the other hand, is limited to 20 to 30 seconds of continuous firing, while RAM is limited to 21 missiles aboard the Mk. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Plans to Put HELIOS Laser Weapon on Destroyer by 2021," 21 Mar. 2019 Smith was moved out of the QB coach role last year when Carroll reorganized the offensive coaching staff in the wake of the firing of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks assistant Carl Smith heading to new position with Houston Texans," 5 Feb. 2019 The Bucks were 23-22 at the point of Kidd's firing and the team's management and ownership all felt that Milwaukee's roster was too talented, especially after the early-season addition of Eric Bledsoe, to warrant such middling results. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks season in review: Progress made but it wasn't enough," 6 May 2018 In the context of the Comey firing and the simmering suspicions about Russian collusion, Trump’s blithe disclosure was a grave blunder. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 Those moves, as well as the firing of former chief executive John Flannery, prompted S&P to cut GE’s credit rating by two notches. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "GE’s Asset Sales Bode Well for Balance Sheet," 26 Feb. 2019 An extraordinary, lengthy piece on NBC Nightly News, which showed what the firing of HUD inspectors has meant. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: NBC journalists Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson on Recode Decode," 5 Dec. 2018 SpaceX denied parts of the story, saying that some of those managers left of their own accord and that the firings happened over a longer period of time than Reuters claimed. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk went on firing spree over slow satellite broadband progress," 31 Oct. 2018 The investigation already has resulted in the arrest of four assistant coaches from Power Five conference schools as well as the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino at Louisville. Don Markus,, "Maryland receives two subpoenas in FBI investigation into college basketball corruption," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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