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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.
    • 1945 July and August, “Notes and News: "A Nice Day's Work"”, in Railway Magazine, page 235:
      One driver told him that a fireman who did not know the route might easily go "over the side" between Corby and Harringworth, unless warned beforehand of the reverse curves; he himself, in his firing days, used to try so to plan his firing that it was unnecessary to add any more coal while passing over this stretch at speed.
    • 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.
  5. The dismissal of someone from a job due to poor work performance.
  6. Cauterization.

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  1. present participle and gerund of fire