from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To fail to ignite when expected. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
  • intransitive v. To fail to discharge. Used of a firearm.
  • intransitive v. To fail to achieve an anticipated result: a scheme that misfired.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of misfiring.
  • v. To fail to discharge properly
  • v. To fail to ignite in the proper sequence
  • v. To fail to achieve the anticipated result

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To miss fire: said of a firearm.
  • n. A failure in firing, as of a gun or cannon.

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

  • v. fail to fire or detonate
  • n. an explosion that fails to occur
  • n. a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)


mis- +‎ fire (Wiktionary)



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