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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The scandal ultimately resulted in the firing of then-football coach Art Briles and the demotion of the university's president, Ken Starr. Houston Chronicle, "Baylor denies allegations of racism, cover-up in lawsuit," 7 July 2018 Assistant coach Bobby Murphy, the club’s interim head coach after the firing of Jason Kreis, and goalkeeper coach Tim Mulqueen were absent from the early portion of training open to media. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "New Orlando City coach James O’Connor gets 2.5-year deal, OCB plan in place," 2 July 2018 The Trump administration recently signed a deal that would lift the export ban in exchange for a $1 billion fine and the firing of all of ZTE's senior leadership. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Senate rejects Trump’s plan to lift ZTE export ban," 19 June 2018 Sloan said Tuesday that the song is a religious hymn sung at his Baptist church and the report on his firing took his actions out of context. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona Corporation Commission candidate was fired by state for harassing workers," 10 July 2018 Chmielewski confirmed to the Times that the firing was for refusing to change the calendar. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Scott Pruitt Blew It: A List of Scandals That Led to the EPA Chief's Resignation," 5 July 2018 The firing is the latest controversy involving the newspaper’s editorial pages. Kim Lyons, New York Times, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cartoonist Fired as Paper Shifts Right," 15 June 2018 The firing was the first in a series of events that culminated in the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Eileen Sullivan,, "Trump repeats unconfirmed claims of a spy inside his campaign," 23 May 2018 North Korea said the test firing was for a civilian space program. Chris Gordon, WSJ, "A Quarter Century of Twists and Turns From North Korea," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to firing

in the firing line

on the firing line

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the setting in which something occurs

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