Etymology
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firing (n.)

1540s, "action of applying fire or setting on fire," verbal noun from fire (v.). From c. 1600 as "act of discharging firearms." Firing squad is attested from 1891 in reference to military executions; earlier as "those selected to fire over the grave of anyone interred with military honors" (1864); earlier in both senses is firing-party (1798 in reference to military executions; 1776 in reference to military funerals).

updated on November 13, 2014

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Definitions of firing from WordNet

firing (n.)
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy;
Synonyms: fire
firing (n.)
the act of discharging a gun;
Synonyms: discharge / firing off
firing (n.)
the act of setting something on fire;
firing (n.)
the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart);
Synonyms: dismissal / dismission / discharge / liberation / release / sack / sacking
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