n. v. fired, fir•ing
1) chem. a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame
2) a burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace
3) the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.; conflagration
4) heat used for cooking, esp. the lighted burner of a stove:
Put the kettle on the fire[/ex]
5) cvb brit. a gas or electric heater used for heating a room
6) brilliance, as of a gem
7) burning passion; ardor; excitement
8) liveliness of imagination
9) severe trial or trouble; ordeal
10) a spark or sparks
11) the discharge of firearms:
enemy fire[/ex]
12) a luminous object
13) to set on fire
14) to supply with fuel; attend to the fire of
15) to subject to heat
16) cer to bake in a kiln
17) to heat very slowly for the purpose of drying, as tea
18) to inflame, as with passion; fill with ardor
19) to inspire
20) to light or cause to glow as if on fire
21) to discharge (a gun)
22) to project (a bullet or the like) by or as if by discharging from a gun
23) to subject to explosion or explosive force, as a mine
24) to hurl; throw:
to fire a stone through a window[/ex]
25) to dismiss from a job
26) to drive out or away by or as if by fire
27) to take fire; be kindled
28) to glow as if on fire
29) to become inflamed with passion; become excited
30) to shoot, as a gun
31) to discharge a gun
32) to hurl a projectile
33) bot (of plant leaves) to turn yellow or brown before the plant matures
34) phv fire away, to speak up, esp. immediately
35) phv fire off
a) to shoot from or as if from a weapon:
I fired off six shots with my camera[/ex]
b) to write and send off hastily
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE fȳr (see pyro-) fir′er, n. fire′less, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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