from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of applying fire or heat, as in the hardening or glazing of ceramics.
  • noun Fuel for fires.
  • noun The act or an instance of dismissing someone from a job.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of applying fire or of making a fire for any purpose; specifically, the method of treating a furnace with regard to the use of fuel: as, hard firing (supplying fuel frequently and urging the fire); light firing (moderate supplies of fuel at frequent intervals); steady firing; heavy firing.
  • noun Fuel; fire-wood or coal.
  • noun The exposing of any material to high temperatures to burn, bake, etc.: as, the firing of painted glass to fix the colors; the firing of porcelain to melt and fix the glaze.
  • noun The act of discharging firearms.
  • noun The application of fire or of a cautery in surgery and farriery; cauterization.
  • noun In bell-ringing, the ringing of all the bells in a peal at once. It is practised in England on occasions of general rejoicing or mourning. In the latter case the bells are muffled.
  • noun Same as scorching, 3: applied especially to tobacco and corn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of discharging firearms.
  • noun The mode of introducing fuel into the furnace and working it.
  • noun The application of fire, or of a cautery.
  • noun The process of partly vitrifying pottery by exposing it to intense heat in a kiln.
  • noun obsolete Fuel; firewood or coal.
  • noun an instrument used in cauterizing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process of applying heat or fire, especially to clay etc to produce pottery.
  • noun The fuel for a fire.
  • noun The discharge of a gun or other weapon.
  • noun The dismissal of someone from a job.
  • verb Present participle of fire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of setting something on fire
  • noun the act of discharging a gun
  • noun the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  • noun the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)


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