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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Latest Stories Bible's guilt was not disputed, but his lawyers had proposed he be rolled in his wheelchair in front of a firing squad or be administered nitrogen gas. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 In their legal quest to avoid a painful death, the prisoners offer up a dark variety of alternatives, including firing squad, sevoflurane gas, diazepam and fentanyl, an oral dose of secobarbital and pentobarbital. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Arkansas death row inmates want to know where Texas gets its death drugs," 26 June 2018 In the preparations for the summit, the president did not mention the suspicions about Kim ordering the assassination of his half-brother or having his uncle put before a firing squad. Anne Saker,, "President Trump on Otto Warmbier: 'Otto did not die in vain'," 12 June 2018 Aside from the United States, the relatively few countries who execute prisoners typically do so by hanging, beheading or firing squad — methods which most Americans find repugnant. Author: Denise Grady, Jan Hoffman, Anchorage Daily News, "States turn to an unproven method of execution: nitrogen gas," 8 May 2018 Pastors talk about the Sunday when the congregation faces them like a firing squad. John Blake, CNN, "These are the 12 most 'effective' preachers in the English language," 1 May 2018 The Bosnian court found that both Yetisen and Dzeko played key roles in the massacre, participating in a firing squad. Maxine Bernstein,, "Feds seeks to strip convicted war criminal living in Oregon of her U.S. citizenship," 4 Apr. 2018 Late last week, Ethiopia’s attorney general, Berhanu Tsegaye, announced the firing of five top prison officials. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "After years of unrest, Ethiopia enters new era of openness," 11 July 2018 Most of the media cheer the firing of Scott Pruitt over a series of scandals including many conservatives, and question how the EPA chief hang on for so long. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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playful or foolish behavior

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