refire

verb re·fire \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfī(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of refire

refired; refiring
transitive + intransitive
1 T : to fire (something or someone) again: such as
a : to apply heat to (something, such as pottery) again as part of a manufacturing process
  • … emulated the reflectivity of metalwork by applying metal oxides to white-glazed vessels that were then refired.
  • —Roberta Smith
b : to dismiss (someone) from a position again
  • unfortunately had to refire him after only one month
c : to discharge (something, such as a firearm) again
  • refired the gun after reloading
2 T/I : to resume or cause (something) to resume operation : restart
  • Petty's engine stalled and wouldn't refire, and his crew pushed him across, drawing a one-lap penalty …
  • —John Green
  • … he pledged to help refire the country's economic engine
  • NJ.com

First Known Use of refire

1656

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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