misfire

verb
mis·​fire | \ ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce misfire (audio) \
misfired; misfiring; misfires

Definition of misfire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to have the explosive or propulsive charge fail to ignite at the proper time the engine misfired
2 : to fail to fire the gun misfired
3 : to miss an intended effect or objective the new ad campaign misfired

misfire

noun
mis·​fire | \ ˌmis-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce misfire (audio) , ˈmis-ˌfī(-ə)r \

Definition of misfire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a failure (as of a cartridge or firearm) to fire
2 : something that misfires

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of misfire in a Sentence

Verb their scheme to rob the bank misfired disastrously and landed them all in jail
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 The Thunder continued to misfire, hitting just 41.7% overall and going only 3 for 15 on 3-pointers. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Paul has 28, helps Thunder force Game 7 against the Rockets," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The derangement of smell may be part of the recovery process, as receptors in the nose struggle to reawaken, sending signals to the brain that misfire or are misread, Dr. Reiter said. New York Times, "Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste," 2 Jan. 2021 The misfire on Mullens part was not including a large enough buyout. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks AD Rob Mullens doubles down with Mario Cristobal," 17 Dec. 2020 Crucially, kicker Justin Tucker had his extra-point attempt blocked, his first misfire this season. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Lamar Jackson returns from cramps to throw late TD, Justin Tucker hits 55-yard field goal to lift Ravens over Browns, 47-42," 15 Dec. 2020 Then there was the miscommunication and misfire to Brandon Frazier. Giana Han, al, "Instant analysis: Auburn defense crumbles in loss to Texas A&M," 5 Dec. 2020 The second ended because of its own mistakes, primarily a misfire by Nix to a wide-open Eli Stove headed for the end zone, and the Tigers had to settle for a field goal. Giana Han, al, "Instant analysis: Auburn defense crumbles in loss to Texas A&M," 5 Dec. 2020 Punter Brett Kern is out with a wrist injury, and the Titans turned to Trevor Daniel, who hurt them with a 17-yard misfire against the Colts. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens vs. Titans scouting report for Week 11: Who has the edge?," 20 Nov. 2020 But pass blocking and receivers played a significant role in the misfire. oregonlive, "Oregon State receivers, offensive line under gun to make improvements and help Beavers’ ailing passing game," 17 Nov. 2020 After making his first 42 kicks this season (19 FGs, 23 PATs), Miami's Jason Sanders became the last full-time kicker to misfire, pushing a 47-yard field-goal try wide right. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of misfire

Verb

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misfire was in 1752

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11 Dec 2020

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“Misfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfire. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for misfire

misfire

verb
How to pronounce misfire (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of misfire

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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