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  • IPA(key): /ˈfaɪɹɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • 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.
  5. The dismissal of someone from a job.
    • 2016, Matthew d’Ancona, “Theresa May’s Shock Therapy,” The New York Times, 19 July, 2016,[2]
      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