fir·​ing | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-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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Two other systems, the M1128 Mobile Gun System and the .50-caliber heavy machine gun, are also on display. The video begins with an ICVD rolling up to the firing line. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Stryker Fighting Vehicles Unload at the Range to Test Their New Cannon," 8 Nov. 2018 Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was planned, but it has been put on hold following director James Gunn’s firing. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Ryan Coogler has signed on to direct Black Panther sequel," 12 Oct. 2018 The source of the quotes were Justice Department memos memorializing meetings that took place in the aftermath of Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 Somewhere in the middle, though, lies the Microsoft apps and services that explicitly cater to the consumer—and have been first on the firing line in the past years. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's pledge to win back the consumer needs to be more than just words," 20 July 2018 The men’s program is now transitioning with Kevin Ollie’s firing, although Ollie is attempting to keep the university on the hook for the remaining $10 million left on his contract. Kelli Stacy,, "Historically Low Attendance At UConn Men's Basketball, Football Games As Programs Try To Rebuild," 10 July 2018 The 1,355-page document release relating to Ollie includes correspondences from UConn athletic director David Benedict, UConn labor relations counsel Kelly Bannister and other UConn officials detailing the rationales for Ollie’s firing. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Parks suggested that Southwell’s firing was not because of long airport lines, as Reed had publicly asserted, but because Southwell resisted pressure from the mayor’s office to award airport contracts to companies that were not the lowest bidders. Stephen Deere, ajc, "Atlanta’s legal bills related to corruption probe top $7.5M, AJC finds," 28 June 2018 At least two dozen nurses and union organizers picketed outside a Walgreens in the Loop Tuesday afternoon to protest Advocate Medical Group’s firing of a nurse practitioner who worked in the Advocate clinic at an Oak Lawn Walgreens. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Demonstrators demand reinstatement of Oak Lawn nurse dismissed by Advocate," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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