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Meaning & Definition of Backfire in English

English

Backfire

/bækfaɪr/

noun

1. The backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

    synonym:
  • blowback
  • ,
  • backfire

2. A loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine

    synonym:
  • backfire

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

    synonym:
  • backfire

4. A miscalculation that recoils on its maker

    synonym:
  • backfire
  • ,
  • boomerang

verb

1. Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

  • "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
    synonym:
  • backfire
  • ,
  • backlash
  • ,
  • recoil

2. Emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire

  • "My old car backfires all the time"
    synonym:
  • backfire

3. Set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire

    synonym:
  • backfire