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English noun: backfire

1. backfire (event) the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired


Broader (hypernym)blowup, detonation, explosion

Narrower (hyponym)back-blast, backblast

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

Broader (hypernym)blowup, detonation, explosion

3. backfire (event) a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path

Broader (hypernym)fire

4. backfire (act) a miscalculation that recoils on its maker


Broader (hypernym)miscalculation, misestimation, misreckoning

English verb: backfire

1. backfire (social) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

SamplesYour comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble.

Synonymsbacklash, recoil

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

2. backfire (perception) emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

SamplesMy old car backfires all the time.

ExamplesThe cars backfire down the avenue

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)make noise, noise, resound

3. backfire (change) set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)burn, burn down, fire

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