Definitions of firing
  1. noun
    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
    synonyms: fire
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    antiaircraft fire
    firing at enemy aircraft
    barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
    the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
    burst, fusillade, salvo, volley
    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
    call fire
    fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
    cover, covering fire
    fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
    concentrated fire, massed fire
    fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area (as fire by batteries of two or more warships)
    fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
    counterpreparation fire
    intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
    fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
    destruction fire
    fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
    direct fire
    fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
    distributed fire
    fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
    fratricide, friendly fire
    fire that injures or kills an ally
    hostile fire
    fire that injures or kills an enemy
    grazing fire
    fire approximately parallel to the ground; the center of the cone of fire does rise above 1 meter from the ground
    harassing fire
    fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
    indirect fire
    fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
    interdiction fire
    fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
    neutralization fire
    fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
    observed fire
    fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer; fire can be adjusted on the basis of the observations
    preparation fire
    fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
    radar fire
    gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
    registration fire
    fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
    scheduled fire
    prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
    searching fire
    fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun
    supporting fire
    fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
    suppressive fire
    fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives
    unobserved fire
    fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed
    artillery fire, cannon fire
    fire delivered by artillery
    close supporting fire
    fire on enemy troops or weapons or positions that are near the supported unit and are the most immediate and serious threat to it
    deep supporting fire
    fire on objectives not in the immediate vicinity of your forces but with the objective of destroying enemy reserves and weapons and interfering with the enemy command and supply and communications
    direct supporting fire
    fire delivered in support of part of a force (as opposed to general supporting fire delivered in support of the force as a whole)
    counterbattery fire
    fire delivered to neutralize or destroy indirect fire weapon systems
    bombardment intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons
    countermortar fire
    mortar fire intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons
    cannonade, drumfire
    intense and continuous artillery fire
    high-angle fire
    fire from a cannon that is fired at an elevation greater than that for the maximum range
    mortar fire
    artillery fire delivered by a mortar
    zone fire
    artillery or mortar fire delivered in a constant direction at several quadrant elevations
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    attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
  2. noun
    the act of discharging a gun
    synonyms: discharge, firing off
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    the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies
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    shooting, shot
    the act of firing a projectile
  3. noun
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    synonyms: discharge, dismissal, dismission, liberation, release, sack, sacking
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    the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
    conge, congee
    an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
    dismissal from office
    deactivation, inactivation
    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
    honorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
    dishonorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
    Section Eight
    a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
    an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
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    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  4. noun
    the act of setting something on fire
    synonyms: ignition, inflammation, kindling, lighting
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    burning, combustion
    the act of burning something
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