to shoot bullets or bombs
shoot[intransitive and transitive]
Soldiers fired on the crowd.
fire a gun/weapon/rifle etc (=make it shoot)
the sound of a gun being fired
fire bullets/missiles/rockets etc
Guerrillas fired five rockets at the capital yesterday, killing 23 people.
to force someone to leave their job [= sack British English]
She didn't want to get fired.
fire somebody from something
I've just been fired from my job, and I don't know what to do.
fire somebody for something
The airline fired him for being drunk.
to make someone feel interested in something and excited about it [= inspire]
be fired with enthusiasm
I was fired with enthusiasm to go traveling in Asia.
fire somebody's enthusiasm/imagination
stories of magic and adventure that fire children's imaginations
to ask someone a lot of questions quickly, often in order to criticize them
using wood, gas, or coal as fuel:
a gas-fired stove
a coal-fired boiler
to bake bricks, clay pots etc in a kiln:
if a vehicle's engine fires, the petrol is lit to make the engine work
to be thinking or doing something well, using all your mental abilities and energy:
When the team's firing on all cylinders, they can beat the best in the league.
fire awayphrasal verb
[only in imperative] spoken
used to tell someone that you are ready to answer questions:
'Do you mind if I ask you something, Woody?' 'Fire away.'
fire backphrasal verb
fire back at
President Bush has fired back at his critics.
fire something ↔ offphrasal verb
to shoot a bullet, bomb etc into the air:
Chuck reloaded and fired off both barrels.
Mexicans have a tradition of firing off guns to welcome in the new year.
to quickly send an angry letter to someone:
I fired off a furious letter to the editor.
fire somebody ↔ upphrasal verb
It was alarming the way she got so fired up about small things.