One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To set light to again; to reignite or rekindle.
2To bake or dry (tea leaves) for a second or subsequent time, typically in order to improve the quality and taste of the finished tea.
3Ceramics. To fire (pottery) for second or subsequent time, typically in order to set a glaze which has been applied to repair or further decorate a piece.
4with object To fire (a gun) again, especially after reloading.
5with object US. To dismiss or discharge (a person) from employment for a second or subsequent time.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Davies (1625–1693), translator. From re- + fire.
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