the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
antiaircraft fire - firing at enemy aircraft
barrage / barrage fire / battery / bombardment / shelling - the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
broadside - the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
fusillade / salvo / volley / burst - rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
call fire - fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit
cover / covering fire - fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations
concentrated fire / massed fire - fire from two or more weapons directed at a single target or area (as fire by batteries of two or more warships)
counterfire - fire intended to neutralize or destroy enemy weapons
counterpreparation fire - intensive prearranged fire delivered when the immanence of enemy attack is discovered
crossfire - fire from two or more points so that the lines of fire cross
destruction fire - fire delivered for the sole purpose of destroying material objects
direct fire - fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it
distributed fire - fire dispersed so as to engage effectively an area target
friendly fire / fratricide - fire that injures or kills an ally
hostile fire - fire that injures or kills an enemy
grazing fire - fire approximately parallel to the ground
harassing fire - fire designed to disturb the rest of enemy troops and to curtail movement and to lower enemy morale
indirect fire - fire delivered on a target that is not itself used as the point of aim for the weapons
interdiction fire - fire directed to an area to prevent the enemy from using that area
neutralization fire - fire that is delivered in order to render the target ineffective or unusable
observed fire - fire for which the point of impact (the burst) can be seen by an observer
preparation fire - fire delivered on a target in preparation for an assault
radar fire - gunfire aimed a target that is being tracked by radar
registration fire - fire delivered to obtain accurate data for subsequent effective engagement of targets
scheduled fire - prearranged fire delivered at a predetermined time
searching fire - fire distributed in depth by successive changes in the elevation of the gun
supporting fire - fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
suppressive fire - fire on or about a weapon system to degrade its performance below what is needed to fulfill its mission objectives
unobserved fire - fire for which the point of impact (the bursts) cannot be observed
artillery fire / cannon fire - fire delivered by artillery
a fireplace in which a fire is burning; "they sat by the fire and talked"
cookfire - a fire for cooking
intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don''t give me any flak"
the event of something burning (often destructive); "they lost everything in the fire"
a severe trial; "he went through fire and damnation"
feelings of great warmth and intensity; "he spoke with great ardor"
zeal - excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke; "fire was one of our ancestors'' first discoveries"
blaze / blazing - a strong flame that burns brightly
flare - a sudden burst of flame
once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
archaism / archaicism
bake in a kiln so as to harden; "fire pottery"
cooking / cookery / preparation
destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
backfire - set a controlled fire to halt an advancing forest to prairie fire
cremate - reduce to ashes
torch - burn maliciously, as by arson
scorch - destroy completely by or as if by fire
cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
go off or discharge; "The gun fired"
start firing a weapon
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
drive out or away by or as if by fire; "The soldiers were fired"; "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"
provide with fuel; "Oil fires the furnace"
terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"