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Definitions for misfire
mɪsˈfɪər; ˈmɪsˌfaɪərmis·fire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misfire, dudnoun

    an explosion that fails to occur

  2. miss, misfireverb

    a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

  3. misfireverb

    fail to fire or detonate

    "The guns misfired"


  1. misfirenoun

    An act of misfiring.

  2. misfireverb

    To fail to discharge properly

  3. misfireverb

    To fail to ignite in the proper sequence

  4. misfireverb

    To fail to achieve the anticipated result

    His practical joke misfired and he nearly burnt my left hand.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. misfire

    1. Failure to fire or explode properly. 2. Failure of a primer or the propelling charge of a round or projectile to function wholly or in part.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of misfire in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of misfire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of misfire in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Bock:

    It's a huge misfire.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    That does not make Trump and Cruz sound strong, it makes them sound in over their heads... You know loose cannons tend to misfire, and in a dangerous world that is a gamble we cannot afford.

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