firing

Primary Meanings of firing

1.
n
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
2.
n
the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
3.
n
the act of setting something on fire
Full Definitions of firing
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n the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

Synonyms:
fire
Types:
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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
broadside
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)
counterfire
fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
counterpreparation fire
intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
crossfire
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
counterbombardment
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
Type of:
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

n the act of discharging a gun

Synonyms:
discharge, firing off
Types:
gun
the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies
Type of:
shooting, shot
the act of firing a projectile
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n the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

Synonyms:
discharge, dismissal, dismission, liberation, release, sack, sacking
Types:
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superannuation
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
removal
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
purge
an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something
3

n the act of setting something on fire

Synonyms:
ignition, inflammation, kindling, lighting
Type of:
burning, combustion
the act of burning something

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