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misfire

[′mis‚fīr]
(chemistry)
Failure of fuel or an explosive charge to ignite properly.
(electronics)
Failure to establish an arc between the main anode and the cathode of an ignitron or other mercury-arc rectifier during a scheduled conducting period.
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Crenshaw (22-6) had a chance to tie it, but misfired on a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
The Waves crept to within 53-47 five minutes into the second half, but after Brazzle misfired on a 3-pointer that could have trimmed the lead even more, Stepp hit two consecutive 3-pointers to make it 59-47.
Derek Armstrong, who misfired on three previous excellent scoring chances, tipped in a shot for a power-play goal in the second period, and Scott Gomez answered 6:45 into the third period.
Scottie Pippen misfired on a 27-footer in the closing seconds, and Bryant corralled the rebound to secure the victory.
Hernandez has credited the local hospital's trauma center with saving his life after he accidentally misfired his nail gun Aug.
Bryant hoisted up 28 shots, and though he misfired on 18 of them, he kept forcing the issue enough to get to the line 13 times (making 12) and finish with a game-high 34 points.
The same minds that invented this witty scenario, however, also come up with many a misfired, crank-fueled delusion.
The Trojans' offensive ineptitude was most evident during a forgettable five- plus-minute stretch in the first half, when they misfired themselves from a point down to a 25-12 deficit.
He misfired on his first six field-goal tries and scored just 6 points in the first half.
Granville hit a foul shout with eight seconds remaining to make it 76-73, then McGowan, a freshman, misfired on the 3-pointer as time expired.