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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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He said: "The gun either misfired or did not have a round in the chamber.
The Matadors misfired on countless shots in the first half, shots that clanked off the glass and ricocheted across court.
But when it came time to douse Chronister, who praised his team's positive attitude in the face of adversity earlier in the week, the Bulldogs (1-7, 1-2) misfired.
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.