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(Fire"ward`en) n. An officer who has authority to direct in the extinguishing of fires, or to
order what precautions shall be taken against fires; called also fireward.
(Fire"weed`) n. (Bot.) (a) An American plant (Erechthites hiercifolia), very troublesome in
spots where brushwood has been burned. (b) The great willow-herb
(Fire"wood`) n. Wood for fuel.
1. A device for producing a striking display of light, or a figure or figures in plain or colored fire, by the
combustion of materials that burn in some peculiar manner, as gunpowder, sulphur, metallic filings, and
various salts. The most common feature of fireworks is a paper or pasteboard tube filled with the combustible
material. A number of these tubes or cases are often combined so as to make, when kindled, a great
variety of figures in fire, often variously colored. The skyrocket is a common form of firework. The name
is also given to various combustible preparations used in war.
2. pl. A pyrotechnic exhibition. [Obs. in the sing.]
Night before last, the Duke of Richmond gave a firework.Walpole.
(Fire"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) The larva of a small tortricid moth which eats the leaves of the cranberry,
so that the vines look as if burned; called also cranberry worm.
1. The act of discharging firearms.
2. The mode of introducing fuel into the furnace and working it. Knight.
3. The application of fire, or of a cautery. Dunglison.
4. The process of partly vitrifying pottery by exposing it to intense heat in a kiln.
5. Fuel; firewood or coal. [Obs.] Mortimer.
Firing iron, an instrument used in cauterizing.
(Firk) v. t. [Cf. OE. ferken to proceed, hasten, AS. fercian to bring, assist; perh. akin to faran to
go, E. fare.] To beat; to strike; to chastise. [Obs.]
I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him.Shak.
(Firk), v. i. To fly out; to turn out; to go off. [Obs.]
A wench is a rare bait, with which a man
No sooner's taken but he straight firks mad.B.Jonson.
(Firk), n. A freak; trick; quirk. [Obs.] Ford.
(Fir"kin) n. [From AS. feówer four (or an allied word, perh. Dutch or Danish) + -kin. See Four.]
1. A varying measure of capacity, usually being the fourth part of a barrel; specifically, a measure equal
to nine imperial gallons. [Eng.]
2. A small wooden vessel or cask of indeterminate size, used for butter, lard, etc. [U.S.]