- The definition of a misfire is a failure of a gun to fire or discharge correctly, or a failure of an engine to start.
When a gun is fired and no bullet comes out, this is an example of a misfire.
- To misfire is to fail to discharge or ignite properly, or to fail to carry through a plan properly.
- When you pull the trigger and the gun doesn't fire, this is an example of when the gun misfires.
- When the engine on your car doesn't start because the fuel doesn't ignite, this is an example of when the engine misfires.
- to fail to ignite properly or at the right time: said of an internal-combustion engine
- to fail to go off, or be discharged: said of a firearm, missile, etc.
- to fail to achieve a desired effect
Origin: mis- plush fire, verb
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intransitive verb mis·fired, mis·fir·ing, mis·fires
- To fail to ignite when expected. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
- To fail to discharge. Used of a firearm.
- To fail to achieve an anticipated result: a scheme that misfired.
- misˈfireˌ noun