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According to WordNet, the noun "backfire" has 4 sense(s).

107303153 a fire that is set intentionally in order to slow an approaching forest fire or grassfire by clearing a burned area in its path.

100073032 a miscalculation that recoils on its maker.

107408621 a loud noise made by the explosion of fuel in the manifold or exhaust of an internal combustion engine.

107408965 the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired.

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