misfire [mis fīr′]
misfired, misfiring [ MIS-1 + FIRE, v.]
1. to fail to ignite properly or at the right time: said of an internal-combustion engine
2. to fail to go off, or be discharged: said of a firearm, missile, etc.
3. to fail to achieve a desired effect
an act or instance of misfiring

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