I. intransitive verb Date: 1752 1. to have the explosive or propulsive charge fail to ignite at the proper time <
the engine misfired
2. to fail to fire <
the gun misfired
3. to miss an intended effect or objective <
the new ad campaign misfired
II. noun Date: 1839 1. a failure (as of a cartridge or firearm) to fire 2. something that misfires

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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