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Overview of noun backfire

The noun backfire has 4 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. blowback, backfire

(the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired)

2. backfire

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

3. backfire

(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. backfire, boomerang

(a miscalculation that recoils on its maker)

Overview of verb backfire

The verb backfire has 3 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. backfire, backlash, recoil

(come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble")

2. backfire

(emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time")

3. backfire

(set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire) © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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