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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Examples of firing in a Sentence

found a flaw in the gun's firing
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to already having a license to carry, staff members who want to become guardians must complete 20 hours at a firing range, 20 hours of classroom training, pass annual psychological exams, and take random drug tests, KSAT reports. Paul Best, Fox News, 13 May 2022 To be eligible for the program, staff members must undergo 20 hours of classroom training, complete 20 hours at a firing range, pass psychological exams, have a license to carry a firearm, and submit to random drug tests. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 LodeStar Works, based near Philadelphia, provided a demonstration of its current 9 mm handgun prototype at a firing range in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 Exceptions include those shooting on a licensed firing range, per the ordinance. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2022 Seven officers arrived on scene within two minutes of the shooter firing in the classroom. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 30 May 2022 After crashing his grandmother's car and firing shots outside, the gunman entered the school at 11:33 a.m., shooting 100 rounds of ammunition and locking himself inside those classrooms. ABC News, 29 May 2022 Some ads featured children carrying and firing guns. New York Times, 29 May 2022 The gold and silver enamel on the vase’s exterior would have required a final firing in a special kiln, the auction house adds. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of firing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jun 2022

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“Firing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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