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misfire

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verb mis·fire \ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r\

Definition of misfire

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have the explosive or propulsive charge fail to ignite at the proper time <the engine misfired>

  3. 2 :  to fail to fire <the gun misfired>

  4. 3 :  to miss an intended effect or objective <the new ad campaign misfired>

Examples of misfire in a sentence

  1. <their scheme to rob the bank misfired disastrously and landed them all in jail>

1752

First Known Use of misfire

1752


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misfire

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noun mis·fire \ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r, ˈmis-ˌ\

Definition of misfire

  1. 1 :  a failure (as of a cartridge or firearm) to fire

  2. 2 :  something that misfires

1839

First Known Use of misfire

1839


MISFIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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misfire

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verb mis·fire \ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r\

Definition of misfire for English Language Learners

  • of an engine : to fail to work properly because the fuel mixture burns at the wrong time

  • of a gun : to fail to fire properly : to fail to shoot a bullet

  • : to fail to have an intended effect : to fail to work properly



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