Noun(1) the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired(2) a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine(3) a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path(4) a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
Verb(1) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect(2) emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire(3) set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
(1) However, just a few days later the aircraft suffered serious damage following a fire started by an engine backfire .(2) Ironically it was a backfire , set to contain the prescribed burn, that was caught by unexpected wind gusts and roared out of control.(3) A slight backfire on starting could burn the engine off the wing!(4) once the engine is running smoothly, a backfire can be dramatic(5) As the landing gear was being retracted, he felt a slight hesitation and mild backfire with the left engine.(6) If I got it wrong (not too often, thankfully) the motor would backfire and try to kick me over the handlebars.(7) But that strategy will backfire , because nobody will take the Council's recommendations seriously.(8) However, the wait-and-see policy could backfire if those players manage to secure contracts elsewhere in the meantime.(9) And I heard this - it was a shot, but it sounded like a backfire .(10) ‘It sounded like a backfire - and then somebody hooted and shouted to me to hop out of the vehicle as it was on fire,’ she said.(11) This comes with the warning that this plan can backfire spectacularly.(12) Down the road, this policy could backfire badly on the US and on the caretaker government.(13) Since the ships were used to being heated up, a sudden blast of hot air on a cold engine could backfire the engine or even destroy vital components.(14) On the battlefield, this engine produced a loud backfire when starting, instantly drawing enemy fire.(15) I handled that okay, but it just so happened that a farmer was running a tractor nearby and managed to produce a loud backfire just as we reached the stream.(16) That's when we lit a backfire , which the raging combination fire drew toward itself automatically.