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fir·ing

 (fīr′ĭng)
n.
1. The process of applying fire or heat, as in the hardening or glazing of ceramics.
2. Fuel for fires.
3. The act or an instance of dismissing someone from a job.

firing

(ˈfaɪərɪŋ)
n
1. (Ceramics) the process of baking ceramics, etc, in a kiln or furnace: a second firing.
2. the act of stoking a fire or furnace
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a discharge of a firearm
4. something used as fuel, such as coal or wood
5. (Botany) US a scorching of plants, as a result of disease, drought, or heat

fir•ing

(ˈfaɪər ɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of a person or thing that fires.
2. material for a fire; fuel.
3. the act of baking ceramics.
[1375–1425]

firing

The process of hardening shaped clay by heating it. See pottery.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firing - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemyfiring - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
antiaircraft fire - firing at enemy aircraft
barrage fire, shelling, barrage, bombardment, battery - the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target; "they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"; "the shelling went on for hours without pausing"
broadside - the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
fusillade, volley, burst, salvo - rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
call fire - fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
covering fire, cover - fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; "artillery provided covering fire for the withdrawal"
concentrated fire, massed fire - fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area (as fire by batteries of two or more warships)
counterfire - fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
counterpreparation fire - intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
crossfire - fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
destruction fire - fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
direct fire - fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
distributed fire - fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
friendly fire, fratricide - fire that injures or kills an ally
hostile fire - fire that injures or kills an enemy
grazing fire - fire approximately parallel to the ground; the center of the cone of fire does rise above 1 meter from the ground
harassing fire - fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
indirect fire - fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
interdiction fire - fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
neutralization fire - fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
observed fire - fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer; fire can be adjusted on the basis of the observations
preparation fire - fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
radar fire - gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
registration fire - fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
scheduled fire - prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
searching fire - fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun
supporting fire - fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
suppressive fire - fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives
unobserved fire - fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed
artillery fire, cannon fire - fire delivered by artillery
2.firing - the act of discharging a gun
shooting, shot - the act of firing a projectile; "his shooting was slow but accurate"
gun - the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies; "two runners started before the gun"; "a twenty gun salute"
3.firing - the act of setting something on fire
burning, combustion - the act of burning something; "the burning of leaves was prohibited by a town ordinance"
4.firing - the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
superannuation - the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
ending, termination, conclusion - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
conge, congee - an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
removal - dismissal from office
deactivation, inactivation - breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
honorable discharge - a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
dishonorable discharge - a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
Section Eight - a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
Translations

firing

[ˈfaɪərɪŋ]
A. N
1. (= bullets) → disparos mpl; (= exchange of fire) → tiroteo m
2. (Aut) → encendido m
3. [of bricks, pottery] → cocción f
4. (esp US) → despido m
B. CPD firing hammer N = firing pin firing line Nlínea f de fuego
to be in the firing line (Mil, fig) → estar en la línea de fuego
firing pin Nmartillo m, percutor m
firing squad Npelotón m (de fusilamiento)

firing

[ˈfaɪərɪŋ] n (= shooting) → tirs mplfiring line firing-line nligne f de tir
to be in the firing line (lit)être dans la ligne de tir (fig) (= under attack) → être sous le feu des attaquesfiring squad npeloton m d'exécution

firing

n
(of pottery)Brennen nt
(Mil) → Feuer nt; (of gun, shot, rocket)Abfeuern nt; the firing of a saluteSalutschüsse pl
(inf: = dismissal) → Rausschmiss m (inf)
(Aut, of engine) → Zündung f

firing

:
firing line
n (Mil) → Feuer- or Schusslinie f; (fig)Schusslinie f; to be in the firing (lit, fig)in der Schusslinie stehen
firing pin
nSchlagbolzen m
firing squad

firing

[ˈfaɪərɪŋ] n (Mil) → spari mpl, tiro
References in classic literature ?
The fight concerned the publication of Clarence Richmond's name coupled with that of a woman school teacher, and as the dead man had begun the row by firing upon the editor, the effort to punish the slayer was unsuccessful.
here will soon be an end of the firing, for yonder comes a fog that will turn day to night, and make an Indian arrow more dangerous than a molded cannon.
They lived in his chateau, or rather had, until he had taken to firing the breakfast dishes at her; then she had cabled for help, and the old gentleman had gone over to find out what were his Grace's terms.
said the aforesaid gentleman, firing an honorary salute of tobacco-juice in the direction of the new arrival.