firing potential

firing potential

[′fīr·iŋ pə‚ten·chəl]
(electronics)
Controlled potential at which conduction through a gas-filled tube begins.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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An alternative explanation, however, is that it reflected his preferred manner of dealing with power and opposition, characterized by alternately coopting and firing potential rivals as well as by setting up competing positions that could then undermine one another.