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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found a flaw in the gun's firing
Recent Examples on the Web The 6-10 season that followed was a downer with more firings. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What are Cleveland Browns thinking about Odell Beckham? How about ticket prices?," 9 Feb. 2020 Harris had been committed to Arkansas until coach Chad Morris’ firing. Josh Bean |, al, "Did you know Alabama HS football sent 2020 players to every Power 5 conference?," 9 Feb. 2020 Software used to control thruster firings needed to safely jettison the Starliner's service module just before re-entry was mis-configured, set for the wrong phase of flight. William Harwood, CBS News, "Software errors could have destroyed Boeing Starliner, NASA says," 7 Feb. 2020 But that trade partner may have vanished, with the Knicks in a state of uncertainty after Tuesday’s surprise firing of team president Steve Mills. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Pistons' Luke Kennard went from core piece to expendable trade asset," 5 Feb. 2020 The law is meant to prevent elected officials from influencing hiring and firing decisions within city government. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF corruption probe: How long will Nuru hang onto his job, and will he keep his pension?," 30 Jan. 2020 Placing the throttle at its maximum setting, though, would keep the engine firing at 100% thrust regardless of what the guidance equations were requesting. Frank O’brien, Ars Technica, "A deep dive into the Apollo Guidance Computer, and the hack that saved Apollo 14," 30 Jan. 2020 Before firing, artisans applied a mixture called white slip, made of water and clay. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 There’s Bloom, who represented women in the harassment claims that led to Bill O’Reilly’s firing from Fox News, and who publicly supported Dylan Farrow in her accusation against Allen. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "The Good Guy," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Feb 2020

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“Firing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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