Definition of misfire in English:
Pronunciation: /ˌmisˈfī(ə)r /[no object]
1.1(Of an internal combustion engine) undergo failure of the fuel to ignite correctly or at all: the car would misfire occasionally from the cold
More example sentences
- It did little other than cause the car to misfire as the temperature decrease seemed to crystallize the fuel.
- He said there might have been a bit of water in the fuel causing my engine to misfire when I started the car.
- The last 50 km we nearly ran out of fuel and the engine was misfiring.
1.2(Especially of a plan) fail to produce the intended result: the killer didn’t know that his plan had misfired
More example sentences
- My joy, such as it is, lies in the satisfaction that a carefully thought out plan has wonderfully misfired.
- As of August, 2003, revenue was down 25% as expansion plans badly misfired.
- Her plans misfired, she was captured by Henry, and until his death in 1189 was kept in close confinement, carefully watched, in England.
1.3(Of a nerve cell) fail to transmit an electrical impulse at an appropriate moment.
- What happens in the disease is that the neurons or the brain cells are misfiring and not communicating well.
- The actual cause is a mystery, but new brain-scanning techniques suggest that migraines happen because brain cells misfire then shut down, causing the arteries on that side of the brain to contract rapidly and cause pain.
- Gambling also causes misfiring of the AAR pathway.
Pronunciation: /ˈmisˌfī(ə)r /Back to top
A failure of a gun or missile to fire correctly or of fuel in an internal combustion engine to ignite.
- I might add that in my lot of 1936 era ammunition, most of the primers have gone bad so be careful if your experience a misfire or hang fire when using old military stores.
- He must have had a misfire or failure to chamber a round because as he pressed the trigger, he shoved the rifle violently down, yanked his face away from the stock, and actually stumbled forward half a step.
- Soldiers must know how to load, fire, clear and reduce stoppages and misfires on every crew-served weapon.
Words that rhyme with misfireacquire, admire, afire, applier, aspire, attire, ayah, backfire, barbwire, bemire, briar, buyer, byre, choir, conspire, crier, cryer, defier, denier, desire, dire, drier, dryer, dyer, enquire, entire, esquire, expire, fire, flyer, friar, fryer, Gaia, gyre, hellfire, hire, hiya, ire, Isaiah, jambalaya, Jeremiah, Josiah, Kintyre, latria, liar, lyre, Maia, Maya, Mayer, messiah, mire, Nehemiah, Obadiah, papaya, pariah, peripeteia, perspire, playa, Praia, prior, pyre, quire, replier, scryer, shire, shyer, sire, skyer, Sophia, spire, squire, supplier, Surabaya, suspire, tier, tire, transpire, trier, tumble-dryer, tyre, Uriah, via, wire, Zechariah, Zedekiah, Zephaniah • shellfire • ceasefire • spitfire
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan