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

  • intransitive verb To fail to ignite when expected. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
  • intransitive verb To fail to discharge. Used of a firearm.
  • intransitive verb To fail to achieve an anticipated result.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun An act of misfiring.
  • verb of a firearm To fail to discharge properly
  • verb of an engine To fail to ignite in the proper sequence
  • verb of a plan To fail to achieve the anticipated result

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

  • verb fail to fire or detonate
  • noun an explosion that fails to occur
  • noun a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

Etymologies

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mis- +‎ fire

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