[uncountable] shots from guns a burst of machine-gun fire to return fire (= to fire back at somebody who is shooting at you) The gunmen opened fire on (= started shooting at) the police. Their vehicle came under fire (= was being shot at). He ordered his men to hold their fire (= not to shoot). A young girl was in the line of fire (= between the person shooting and what he/she was shooting at). I’ll give you covering fire while you try to escape.