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backfire

1. in an internal-combustion engine
a. an explosion of unburnt gases in the exhaust system
b. a premature explosion in a cylinder or inlet manifold
2. a controlled fire started to create a barren area that will halt an advancing forest or prairie fire

backfire

[′bak‚fīr]
(civil engineering)
A fire that is started in order to burn against and cut off a spreading fire.
(electronics)
(engineering)
Momentary backward burning of flame into the tip of a torch. Also known as flashback.
(mechanical engineering)
In an internal combustion engine, an improperly timed explosion of the fuel mixture in a cylinder, especially one occurring during the period that the exhaust or intake valve is open and resulting in a loud detonation.
(ordnance)
Rearward escapement of gases or cartridge fragments upon firing a gun.
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Firefighters also worked aggressively in the early stages of the fire, setting backfires to stop the flames from spreading further, officials said.