Definition of firing in English:

firing

Line breaks: fir¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪərɪŋ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The action of setting fire to something: the deliberate firing of 600 oil wells
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    • Point-source and strip firing were used to control intensity as described in the fire plan.
    • The damage constituted by the firing of oil wells reaches far into the future.
    • The firing of houses and outhouses, warehouses, barns, stables and hayricks, could all be the subject of arson prosecutions in the Old Bailey.
  • 2The discharging of a gun or other weapon: the prolonged firing caused heavy losses [count noun]: no missile firings were planned
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    • The principal weapon uses electronic firing to reduce reaction times.
    • Although the gunners may have a restricted field of fire, the flash, smoke or dust from the weapon firing will not be seen from outside.
    • The submerged firing of the missiles can be conducted in a single salvo while the submarine is moving at a speed of 5 knots.
  • 3The baking or drying of pottery or bricks in a kiln: the colours had suffered in the firing and were dull from overheating
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    • Pottery, raku firing and photography will also be explored.
    • At the same time, potters developed luster glazes by adding metallic elements to the surface of the glazed piece before a second firing in the kiln.
    • Dutch enthusiasm for the new material was particularly keen and by the seventeenth century, one kiln could produce over half a million bricks in a single firing.
  • 4The dismissal of an employee from a job: the recent firing of the head of the department [count noun]: a series of firings and resignations
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    • The Church did not confirm their firing because of ‘employee confidentiality.’
    • Therefore, under the present arrangement, these boards have the power that, eventually, will include hiring and firing of employees.
    • In contrast, it pointed out that an employee's formal firing always results from an official act of the company.

Phrases

the firing line

  • 1The front line of troops in a battle.
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    • When their own generation was on the firing line, in Vietnam, both men ardently supported the war - but disdained to fight in it.
    • It speculates that the move was in order to get the troops out of the firing line should it decide to mount attacks on the country's nuclear facilities.
    • The troops methodically march up to the firing line in columns and blast away at each other.
  • 2A situation where one is subject to criticism or blame because of one’s responsibilities or position: the referee in the firing line is an experienced official
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    • Being in the firing line, of course, makes the fast-food chains do their best to fit in with the local culture, adapting the menu and the marketing to reflect local tastes and concerns.
    • In the firing line is the museum's director, a former Financial Times journalist appointed in 2001.
    • Next in the firing line would be those who change their positions to make life easier on themselves.

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