When a gun is fired and no bullet comes out, this is an example of a misfire.
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.
A scheme that misfired.
His practical joke misfired and he nearly burnt my left hand.
Origin of misfire
- mis- +"Ž fire