1 a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine
2 a miscalculation that recoils on its maker [syn: boomerang]
1 have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble" [syn: backlash]
2 emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"
3 set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
EtymologyFrom back + fire.
- alternative spelling of back fire
Backfire may refer to:
- The NATO reporting name for the Russian Tupolev Tu-22M aircraft.
- A backfire, the deliberate use of fire in wildfire suppression. Also known as a 'Back burn' (See also: Glossary of wildland fire terms.)
- A back-fire in an automobile.
- Backfire (film), the 1987 movie, starring Karen Allen.
- Backfire (1950 film), a black-and-white mystery movie released by Warner Bros. in 1950, starring Virginia Mayo.
- Operation Backfire, launch of three A4-rockets in October 1945 near Cuxhaven
- "Backfire," a song by Aimee Mann.
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