Misfire meaning

mĭs-fīr
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.

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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.

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To fail to ignite when expected. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
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To fail to discharge. Used of a firearm.
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To fail to achieve an anticipated result.

A scheme that misfired.

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To fail to ignite properly or at the right time.
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To fail to go off, or be discharged.
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To fail to achieve a desired effect.
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An act or instance of misfiring.
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An act of misfiring.
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(of a firearm) To fail to discharge properly.
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(of an engine) To fail to ignite in the proper sequence.
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(of a plan) To fail to achieve the anticipated result.

His practical joke misfired and he nearly burnt my left hand.

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Origin of misfire

  • mis- +"Ž fire

    From Wiktionary