- 1. combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke: "his house was destroyed by fire"
- 2. a burning sensation in the body: "the whiskey lit a fire in the back of his throat"
- 1. discharge a gun or other weapon in order to explosively propel (a bullet or projectile): "he fired a shot at the retreating prisoners" Similar
- 2. dismiss (an employee) from a job: informal "having to fire men who've been with me for years" Similar
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