Definition of Hangfire

1. a delay in detonation [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hangfire

hanged, drawn and quartered
hanged by a thread
hangfire (current term)
hanging-block culture
hanging about
hanging around
hanging ball
hanging basket
hanging by a thread
hanging chad
hanging chads
hanging drop

Literary usage of Hangfire

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

1. Elementary Naval Ordnance and Gunnery: Including Close-order Infantry by Hobart Cole Ramsey (1918)
"hangfire — If the gun fails to fire, and the extracted primer shows that the primer has fired, the condition of " hangfire " exists. ..."

2. Naval Ordnance: A Text-book Prepared for the Use of the Midshipmen of the by Roland Irvin Curtin, Thomas Lee Johnson, United States Naval Academy (1915)
"In general, when a jam or stoppage occurs, due to any cause, the first thing to do, after waiting long enough to see that it is not a hangfire, ..."

3. The Boys' and Girls' Readers by Emma Miller Bolenius (1919)
"... for the Fenris-wolf must be captured and bound, or all the world must pay tbt penalty." hangfire. We made Thor's hammer — we can surely make this. ..."

4. Sporting Guns and Gunpowders: Comprising a Selection from Reports of by Frederick Toms (1897)
"With a view to remedy this, we introduced a second Field " wad, which had some beneficial effect, although it did not completely remove the hangfire. ..."

5. The Boys' and Girls' Readers: Teachers' Manual of Silent and Oral Reading by Emma Miller Bolenius (1919)
"... a dwarf Fenris-wolf, the wolf, hangfire, a dwarf a fierce monster, Ironhand, a dwarf offspring of Loki ..."

6. A Military and Naval Dictionary by John Philip Wisser, henry Colford Gauss (1905)
"A handy bill pump is a small and portable pump which can be quickly set up to perform service in an emergency. hangfire. A delay in the explosion of the ..."

7. Gas Warfare by Edward Samuel Farrow (1920)
"... 111., using the Tolman hangfire measurer. Routine tests of airplane ammunition were made with this machine for the Ordnance Department. ..."

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