To misfire is to fail to discharge or ignite properly, or to fail to carry through a plan properly.(verb)
The definition of a misfire is a failure of a gun to fire or discharge correctly, or a failure of an engine to start.(noun)
When a gun is fired and no bullet comes out, this is an example of a misfire.
See misfire in Webster's New World College Dictionary
See misfire in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb mis·fired, mis·fir·ing, mis·fires
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