Definition of Firing

1. Noun. The act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy. "They retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"

2. Noun. The act of discharging a gun.
Exact synonyms: Discharge, Firing Off
Generic synonyms: Shooting, Shot
Specialized synonyms: Gun
Derivative terms: Discharge, Discharge, Discharge, Fire

3. Noun. The act of setting something on fire.
Exact synonyms: Ignition, Inflammation, Kindling, Lighting
Generic synonyms: Burning, Combustion
Derivative terms: Ignite, Ignite, Inflame, Inflame, Kindle

4. Noun. The termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart).

Definition of Firing

1. n. The act of discharging firearms.

Definition of Firing

1. Noun. The process of applying heat or fire, especially to clay etc to produce pottery. ¹

2. Noun. The fuel for a fire. ¹

3. Noun. The discharge of a gun or other weapon. ¹

4. Noun. The dismissal of someone from a job. ¹

5. Verb. (present participle of fire) ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Firing

1. the process of maturing ceramic products by heat [n -S]

Medical Definition of Firing

1. 1. The act of disharging firearms. 2. The mode of introducing fuel into the furnace and working it. 3. The application of fire, or of a cautery. 4. The process of partly vitrifying pottery by exposing it to intense heat in a kiln. 5. Fuel; firewood or coal. Firing iron, an instrument used in cauterizing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Firing

fireworks night
firing (current term)
firing away
firing chamber
firing line
firing mechanism
firing off
firing party
firing pin
firing pins
firing range
firing ranges
firing squad
firing squads
firing up

Literary usage of Firing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1901)
"A battery of six of the new quick-firing field-pieces has been lately inspected ... Under this head will be given notes referring to firing testa of guns, ..."

2. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1894)
"The advantages of electricity are so great, however, that It is intended in the near future that it shall be used exclusively for firing ..."

3. The War in Florida: Being an Exposition of Its Causes, and an Accurate by Woodburne Potter (1836)
"Three guns were taken by the whites before the firing commenced, ... approached the camp and commenced firing on the whites; and when they were in the act ..."

4. Journal by Institution of Electrical Engineers Radio Section (1875)
"2 cable to earth, viz., that at the firing station and that beyond the fuze. ... 2 cable at the firing station insulated, and the connection beyond the fuze ..."

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