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BACKFIRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does backfire mean? 

BACKFIRE (noun)
  The noun BACKFIRE has 4 senses:

1. the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired
2. a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
3. a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path
4. a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

  Familiarity information: BACKFIRE used as a noun is uncommon.


BACKFIRE (verb)
  The verb BACKFIRE has 3 senses:

1. come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
2. emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire
3. set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

  Familiarity information: BACKFIRE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BACKFIRE (noun)


Sense 1backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

blowback; backfire

Hypernyms ("backfire" is a kind of...):

blowup; detonation; explosion (a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "backfire"):

back-blast; backblast (backfire from a recoilless weapon)


Sense 2backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("backfire" is a kind of...):

blowup; detonation; explosion (a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction)


Sense 3backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("backfire" is a kind of...):

fire (the event of something burning (often destructive))


Sense 4backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A miscalculation that recoils on its maker

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

boomerang; backfire

Hypernyms ("backfire" is a kind of...):

miscalculation; misestimation; misreckoning (a mistake in calculating)


BACKFIRE (verb)


Sense 1backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

backfire; backlash; recoil

Context example:

Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble

Hypernyms (to "backfire" is one way to...):

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

My old car backfires all the time

Hypernyms (to "backfire" is one way to...):

make noise; noise; resound (emit a noise)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

The cars backfire down the avenue


Sense 3backfire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "backfire" is one way to...):

burn; burn down; fire (destroy by fire)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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