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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 timing of the Tate show seems to have misfired - the gallery was virtually empty on my last visit - leaving Kossoff dangling between an honorable, circumscribed past and an uncertain future.
One .45 caliber pistol loaded with four bullets, one .38 caliber Armscor 202 with a magazine containing four bullets, one misfired and one fired cartridges, one caliber .38 with four bullets, one misfired cartridge, and three sachets of dried marijuana leaves.
Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 03 (ANI): Two security guards suffered injuries on Saturday after an ex-army personal misfired his weapon at a security service agency in Telangana's Begumpet.
Each of the misfired rounds has a nice heavy firing-pin dent.
SET SELECTOR LEVER TO SAFE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO EXTRACT MISFIRED ROUND.
Organisers watched in horror as a launcher misfired and sent the rocket towards scores of people watching the display in Lincolnshire.
The second man attempted to shoot, but his gun misfired.
Fab's attempts at gamesmanship looked to have badly misfired when Turkish international Izzet rolled a penalty kick into an empty net as Barthez deliberately cleared mud off his boots at the far post.
Apparently sensing he was selling marijuana to an undercover police, the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot the lawman but it misfired, prompting the policeman to shoot him several times in self-defense, Driz said.