• IPA(key): /ˈfaɪɹɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪəɹɪŋ


firing (countable and uncountable, plural firings)

  1. (ceramics) The process of applying heat or fire, especially to clay etc to produce pottery.
    After the pots have been glazed, they go back into the kiln for a second firing.
  2. The fuel for a fire.
  3. The act of adding fuel to a fire.
    • 1961 February, "Balmore", “Driving and firing modern French steam locomotives - Part One”, in Trains Illustrated, page 109:
      The doors are at the right level for firing, which normally is down one side of the firebox at a time, unlike our own practice, which is to fire each side of the firebox with alternate shovelfuls.
  4. The discharge of a gun or other weapon.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, London: W. Taylor, p. 308,[3]
      [] they fir’d several Times, making other Signals for the Boat.
      At last, when all their Signals and Firings prov’d fruitless, and they found the Boat did not stir, we saw them by the Help of my Glasses, hoist another Boat out, and row towards the Shore []
    • 1940, Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, London: Jonathan Cape, Chapter 43, p. 417,[4]
      He heard the firing and as he walked he felt it in the pit of his stomach as though it echoed on his own diaphragm.
  5. The dismissal of someone from a job.
    • 2016, Matthew d’Ancona, “Theresa May’s Shock Therapy,” The New York Times, 19 July, 2016,[5]
      Even the most seasoned analysts of British politics were struck by the brutality of Ms. May’s hirings and firings.
  6. Cauterization.

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  1. present participle of fire