• WordNet 3.6
    • n firing the act of discharging a gun
    • n firing the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    • n firing the act of setting something on fire
    • n firing the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes","they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'What is it?—a fire? Speak, boy!'" "'What is it?—a fire? Speak, boy!'"
"Fred took aim and fired." "Fred took aim and fired."
Fire. Mexican pictograph Fire. Mexican pictograph
His nose wuz as red as fire His nose wuz as red as fire

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Great Fire of London in 1666, only six people were killed
    • Firing Fuel; firewood or coal.
    • Firing The act of discharging firearms.
    • Firing The application of fire, or of a cautery.
    • Firing The mode of introducing fuel into the furnace and working it.
    • Firing The process of partly vitrifying pottery by exposing it to intense heat in a kiln.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On May 9, 1999 approximately 600,000 gallons of whiskey flowed into the Kentucky River during a fire at Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg
    • n firing The act of applying fire or of making a fire for any purpose; specifically, the method of treating a furnace with regard to the use of fuel: as, hard firing (supplying fuel frequently and urging the fire); light firing (moderate supplies of fuel at frequent intervals); steady firing; heavy firing.
    • n firing Fuel; fire-wood or coal.
    • n firing The exposing of any material to high temperatures to burn, bake, etc.: as, the firing of painted glass to fix the colors; the firing of porcelain to melt and fix the glaze.
    • n firing The act of discharging firearms.
    • n firing The application of fire or of a cautery in surgery and farriery; cauterization.
    • n firing In bell-ringing, the ringing of all the bells in a peal at once. It is practised in England on occasions of general rejoicing or mourning. In the latter case the bells are muffled.
    • n firing Same as scorching, 3: applied especially to tobacco and corn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fires onland generally move faster uphill than downhill
    • Firing a putting fire to: discharge of guns: firewood: fuel: cauterisation
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  • Seneca
    “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”
  • Nicholas Boileau
    “If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “It takes two flints to make a fire.”
  • George Holbrook Jackson
    George Holbrook Jackson
    “Genius is initiative on fire.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The person who's not fired with enthusiasm, usually gets fired otherwise. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.”


Add fuel to the fire - If people add fuel to the fire, they make a bad situation worse.
As much use as a chocolate fire-guard - A fire-guard is used in front of a fireplace for safety. A chocolate fire-guard is of no use. An alternative to 'As much use as a chocolate teapot'.
Baptism of fire - A baptism of fire was a soldier's first experience of shooting. Any unpleasant experience undergone, usually where it is also a learning experience, is a baptism of fire.
Fat hits the fire - When the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
Fire away - If you want to ask someone a question and they tell you to fire away, they mean that you are free to ask what you want.
Fire in the hole! - This is used as a warning when a planned explosion is about to happen.
Fire on all cylinders - If something is firing on all cylinders, it is going as well as it could.
Get on like a house on fire - If people get on like a house on fire, they have a very close and good relationship.
Hair on fire - If something sets your hair on fire, it excites you or catches your attention urgently.
Irons in the fire - A person who has a few irons in the fire has a number of things working to their advantage at the same time.
Mud in the fire - The things that cannot be changed in the past that we usually forget about are mud in the fire.
No smoke without fire - This idiom means that when people suspect something, there is normally a good reason for the suspicion, even if there is no concrete evidence. ('Where's there's smoke, there's fire' is also used.)
On fire - If you're on fire, you're doing really well at something.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire - If you get out of one problem, but find yourself in a worse situation, you are out of the frying pan, into the fire.
Play with fire - If people take foolish risks, they are playing with fire.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.


In literature:

Wheeling his ships into line before the fortifications, Phipps opened a heavy fire upon the city.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Fire after fire he maintained beneath the log, which must always be newly plastered with the clay.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
After this grade of fuel has been fired it should be left alone, and the fire tools used as little as possible.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
The firing party followed, with four more bags of powder and a lighted port-fire.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Mexicans fired fifteen shots at Whaling before he expired!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
A thousand bright spots flashed and flitted along the moving surface like jets of fire.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
About a dozen of the rascals tried to return the fire of the soldiers, but fired too high.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
Two guns were fired, but no reply was received.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Fire-ships were, indeed, of far earlier date than the days of Richard the First.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
So, saddling his horse, he rode out towards where he saw the fire burning.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Not to the terrors of the Lord,
The tempest, fire, and smoke;
Not to the thunder of that word
Which God on Sinai spoke;
"Hymn 152" by Isaac Watts
Love me, love me more.
O, not my heart shall quaver
If the dark fire more deep
Sinks and is sevenfold sevenfold graver.
"The Dark Fire" by John Freeman
But after the fires and the wrath,
But after searching and pain,
His Mercy opens us a path
To live with ourselves again.
"The Choice (The American Spirit Speaks)" by Rudyard Kipling
Old tales of valour fire our blood
But this, the bravest deed I know
Is written of our modern times,
No myth of long ago.
"The Silver Box" by Alice Guerin Crist
There must be fire in the city
To throw that yellow glare;
And fire in the little villages
On all the hearthstones there.
"A Mystery Play" by Duncan Campbell Scott
This lord he had a daughter fair,
Beloved of old and young,
And nightly round the shealing-fires
Of her the gleeman sung.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Warriors without arms, the nation's more than one-million fire fighters battle a fire every 18 seconds, on average, according to the latest statistics from the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Firefighters arrived to find the shed and a car on fire, along with a fast-moving yard fire, said Leslie Yancey with Horry County Fire Rescue.
Fire crews finish putting out Chicopee Mews fire No one was injured in the Camillus apartment complex fire.
State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working the following fires.
As residents return to the High Park Fire area, more than 1,800 fire personnel remain diligent — checking for hot spots and reassessing fire lines.
Mike Davis/The Times A late night fire left a Walnut Avenue home, shown here, with heavy fire, smoke and water damages, fire department officials said.
Fire crews arrived at the fire at about 11 pm last night and stayed on scene until about 6:30 am this morning, said Saugatuck Fire Chief Brian Florey.
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lieutenant Rick Frey, left, and Fire Chief Mark Ebbert, both of Mahoning Valley Fire Company, examine new 2013 KME pumper that the fire company purchased.
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Board of Directors voted tonight to close four fire stations around the county, including fire station #11 in Downtown Clayton.
Crews continued to battle two major brush fires late Friday night, with one of the fires alone covering more than 150 acres , the Madison-Jefferson fire chief tells
Manasquan Fire Chief Mike Galos says the fire was intense and investigators cannot yet determine what caused the fire.
Fire was at home on Garner Ave near San Eljay Ave. Fire Crews Douse Flames at Home on Fire in Cathedral City.
The Mineola Fire Department was alerted for a reported house fire on Ellsworth Avenue on Tuesday, Oct 9 at 12:28 pm Dispatchers reported of multiple calls confirming that this was a working house fire.
Cooking fires are the most common type of house fire, so knowing what to do in case of a grease fire can save your life.
Firefighters knocked down the fire on University Heights by 1:15 p.m. A fire was reported in a City Heights laundromat Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

In science:

The firing of D-Dark indicates that a photon traversed the apparatus without interfering - that is it came down one arm only.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
Furthermore, the firing of a single event may give rise to several possible destinations on leaving a local source state. In this case, routing probabilities must be associated with the different possible destinations.
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications
The generation of events is realized following a robust procedure: for each trigger corresponds an event. If the trigger does not fire an action in another automaton, the event is then a local event.
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications
Board which, in turn, fires the action Validate(p) of the Umpire. In the SAN model, this phenomena is represented by the synchronizing event “a” whose rate is equal to 1/t1.
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications
That is why, for example, synchronizing event u1q appears also in the automata X (corresponding to the action x.move() fired in the state-chart Board).
Generating a Performance Stochastic Model from UML Specifications