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Definition 1: a miscalculation that recoils on its maker - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for backfire in the sense of this definition

(backfire is a kind of ...) a mistake in calculating

Definition 2: a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine - [noun denoting event]

(backfire is a kind of ...) a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

Definition 3: the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for backfire in the sense of this definition

(backfire is a kind of ...) a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

(... is a kind of backfire ) backfire from a recoilless weapon

Definition 4: a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path - [noun denoting event]

(backfire is a kind of ...) the event of something burning (often destructive)

"they lost everything in the fire"

Definition 5: set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire - [verb of change]

(backfire is a kind of ...) destroy by fire

"They burned the house and his diaries"

Definition 6: emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire - [verb of perception]

Samples where backfire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My old car backfires all the time

(backfire is a kind of ...) emit a noise

Samples where backfire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble
  • the political movie backlashed on the Democrats

Synonyms for backfire in the sense of this definition

(backfire is a kind of ...) come to pass

"What is happening?" "The meeting took place off without an incidence" "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

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