—v., -fired, -fir•ing,
1. (of a rifle or gun or of a bullet or shell) to fail to fire or explode.
2. (of an internal-combustion engine) to fail to ignite properly or when expected.
3. to fail to achieve the desired result, effect, etc.: His criticisms completely misfired.
an act or instance of misfiring.
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