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backfire

backfire - Dictionary definition and meaning for word backfire

Definition
(noun) the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
Synonyms : blowback

Definition
(noun) a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
Definition
(noun) a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
Definition
(noun) a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
Synonyms : boomerang

Definition
(verb) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
Synonyms : backlash , recoil
Example Sentence
  • Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble

Definition
(verb) emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
Example Sentence
  • My old car backfires all the time

Definition
(verb) set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

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