American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An explosion of prematurely ignited fuel or of unburned exhaust gases in an internal-combustion engine.
- n. The backward escape of gases or cartridge fragments when a gun is fired.
- n. A fire started in the path of an oncoming fire in order to deprive it of fuel and thereby control or extinguish it.
- v. To explode in the manner of or make the sound of a backfire.
- v. To start or use a backfire in extinguishing or controlling a forest fire.
- v. To produce an unexpected, undesired result.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To stop an advancing fire by setting in front of it, or around threatened buildings, woods, etc., another fire, which is then beaten out, thus producing a protective burnt area.
- To light before the proper time: said specifically of a gas-engine when the charge explodes before the admission-valve closes, thus making an explosion in the admission-passage, or before the working-piston reaches its dead-center, which it must do before beginning its working stroke. See back-firing.
- n. A fire started purposely some distance ahead of a fire which is to be fought. The back-fire is often so set as to burn against the wind, so that when the two fires meet, both must go out for lack of fuel. Also called
- v. to fire in the opposite direction, for example due to an obstruction in the barrel.
- v. To fail in a manner that brings down further misfortune.
- n. firefighting alternative spelling of back fire.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A fire started ahead of a forest or prairie fire to burn only against the wind, so that when the two fires meet both must go out for lack of fuel.
- A premature explosion in the cylinder of a gas or oil engine during the exhaust or the compression stroke, tending to drive the piston in a direction reverse to that in which it should travel; also called a
- an explosion in the exhaust passages of an internal combustion engine.
- v. (Engin.) To have or experience a back fire or back fires; -- said of an internal-combustion engine.
- v. Of a Bunsen or similar air-fed burner, to light so that the flame proceeds from the internal gas jet instead of from the external jet of mixed gas and air.
- n. the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
- v. emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
- v. come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
- v. set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
- n. a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
- n. a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
- n. a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
- From back + fire. (Wiktionary)
“The backfire from a bread truck coming around the corner was too close for comfort when I realized what was happening.”
“What will backfire is when Reps link Obama to Carter.”
“The phenomenon - known as "backfire" - is "a natural defense mechanism to avoid that cognitive dissonance.”
“Of course, some plans backfire, which is what happened to a guy who tried to doctor his W2 form but put down the wrong address for a company he said he worked for but didn't.”
“In some cases, the overall result can be what's called 'backfire': more energy use than would have occurred without the improved efficiency.”
“By challenging the courts, it's possible that strategy could backfire, which is a risk that some discharged military service members fear.”
“Or the day before when they were all talking about Clinton's tirades over the weekend: everyone was trying to gauge whether the attacks would "work" or "backfire" -- without ever addressing the veracity of the attacks!”
“She thinks of the so-called backfire she and Reba heard earlier.”
“Report: Raising SUNY tuition for out-of-state students could backfire, which is part of SUNY, released its findings as state leaders consider whether to raise tuition for non-resident students.”
“It is known as the backfire phenomenon: misinformed people who are given correct information not only reject that information, but end up believing the wrong information even more strongly.”
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