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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Afterward, the veteran quarterback kept firing — in classic, good-guy Rivers style. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Anthony Lynn hopes the 2019 Chargers can be as resilient and as focused as 2018 team," 15 Aug. 2019 McCabe is the second former high-ranking law enforcement official to file a lawsuit this week accusing the Justice Department and the FBI of unjust firing carried out on the orders of a vengeful president. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Former FBI official Andrew McCabe sues over his firing, says he was ousted to satisfy Trump's 'unlawful whims'," 8 Aug. 2019 The two Advanced Gun Systems were designed to hide their 31.5-foot-long barrels until the moment of firing, reducing the turrets to two metallic lumps on the forecastle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the USS Zumwalt Destroyers," 5 Aug. 2019 Instead of mass firings, the report predicts slow losses from attrition and retirement as automation takes hold and companies need fewer workers to handle those jobs. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "Why robots won’t kill the Bay Area’s job growth: report," 5 Aug. 2019 Tein wrote to Cabinet members Tuesday saying some of the episodes didn’t happen or didn’t rise to the level of firing Rubin. Gray Rohrer,, "DeSantis, Florida Cabinet remove top finance regulator Ronald Rubin over sexual harassment claims," 25 July 2019 The next step is for Benson to review the tribunal’s findings and determine whether to dismiss the matter, impose sanctions short of firing or recommend to the UT System Board of Regents that the professors be fired. Dallas News, "UT Dallas tribunal: Class credit arrangement ‘improper’ but professors should keep their jobs," 9 July 2019 See a display of cannons from the War of 1812 through the Civil War at the Fort Crawford Museum and watch a demonstration of cannon firing throughout the day on July 12. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifest 2019, Art Fair on the Square, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 7 July 2019 UConn’s claims of a just-cause firing are based on NCAA violations, which are solidified pending that appeal, and could there really be viable angle on that $10 million pot of gold? Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: The NCAA hammered Kevin Ollie; now UConn should settle with him and move on to bright future," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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