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English definition of “misfire”

misfire

verb [I] (ENGINE)    /ˌmɪsˈfaɪər/ US  /-ˈfaɪr/
When an engine misfires, the fuel inside it starts to burn at the wrong moment: There was a loud bang, like the sound of an engine misfiring.Not functioning
(Definition of misfire verb (ENGINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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