• WordNet 3.6
    • v misfire fail to fire or detonate "The guns misfired"
    • n misfire a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
    • n misfire an explosion that fails to occur
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misfire A failure in firing, as of a gun or cannon.
    • misfire To miss fire: said of a firearm.
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In literature:

To make matters worse, one of my sparking-plugs was in trouble again and there was intermittent misfiring in the engine.
"Tales of Terror and Mystery" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The unexpectedness of this misfire positively overcame his faculties.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The whole thing's a bloody misfire.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
I pulled the trigger, and to my horror heard the dull snap that tells of a misfire.
"The Man-eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures" by J. H. Patterson
It's been deteriorating ever since, misfiring and rebooting.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
Misfires are often due to the fact that the bolt handle was not fully pressed down.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
For I have had misfires myself.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
The unexpectedness of this misfire positively overcame his faculties.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Whatever Tom had planned must have misfired, or something would have happened by now.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
A misfire is always expensive.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various

In news:

The Lakers reloaded during the offseason, but they've misfired in a 1-4 start that has Kobe Bryant seething.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has backed new Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez as the ideal person to get the best out of misfiring striker Fernando Torres.
How to Prevent Rimfire Misfires.
Today's rimfire ammo is so good that a misfire is usually due to the gun rather than the ammo.
Screw ups, disasters, misfires, flops.
How To Fail Screw ups, disasters, misfires, flops.
Oh, what a sinking feeling : Toyota misfires with Chinese buyers.
Even with their two big guns misfiring, Peninsula's Pirates are tough to beat.
Nicolas Cage's ' Sorcerer 's Apprentice' is a magical misfire.
The senior quarterback misfired on several passes, including three potential first-half scores.
Obama's White House automatic transmission misfired, shifting him from forward into reverse.
Quintana gives up 4 in 1st and offense misfires in 4-2 to Angels.
Romney's misfired zinger on Taliban talks.
The temptation was too strong, with the Charlotte Bobcats showing little to no respect, daring them to keep misfiring.
Chris McCosky's Four Downs: As usual , Lions misfire from the start.