Definition of firing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪərɪŋ/


[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.


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.

Words that rhyme with firing

retiring, uninspiring, untiring, wiring

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