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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Back-fire  \Back"-fire`\,  v.  i. 
  1.  (Engin.)  To  have  or  experience  a  back  fire  or  back  fires; 
  --  said  of  an  internal-combustion  engine. 
 
  2.  Of  a  Bunsen  or  similar  air-fed  burner,  to  light  so  that 
  the  flame  proceeds  from  the  internal  gas  jet  instead  of 
  from  the  external  jet  of  mixed  gas  and  air.  -- 
  {Back"-fir`ing},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  backfire 
  n  1:  a  loud  noise  made  by  the  explosion  of  fuel  in  the  manifold 
  or  exhaust  of  an  internal  combustion  engine 
  2:  a  miscalculation  that  recoils  on  its  maker  [syn:  {boomerang}] 
  v  1:  have  an  unexpected  and  undesired  effect;  "Your  comments  may 
  backfire  and  cause  you  a  lot  of  trouble"  [syn:  {backlash}] 
  2:  emit  a  loud  noise  as  a  result  of  undergoing  a  backfire,  as 
  of  cars 
  3:  set  a  controlled  fire  to  halt  an  advancing  forest  to  prairie 
  fire 




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