In the climbing jargon, “dry firing” is when the fingers slip off a hold when you are pulling it hard. If you are lucky, it will not be accompanied by leaving part of your knuckle or finger’s skin on the rock.
Grammatical category: verb
Source of the definition: Explore Translations
The word in use. Examples
“But a climber also has to be careful not to let his hands get too dry, which can actually make them feel almost glassy and slick. When that happens, there’s a greater risk of “dry firing” off a hold and falling.
Seasoned climbers apply chalk, wipe off the excess, then apply more, until achieving just the right grip.
Source of the example: National Geographic
“After spending 30 minutes stuffing paper towels to soak up the water and brushing chalk into the crack, NBL was finally ready for a send attempt. My first efforts were disasters. I stuck the first move over and over but the crack was still damp and every time my hands would just dry fire out. I calmed myself down and just waited 30 minutes more. Luckily it dried just enough for me to hold on. I pulled off the ground and felt in another zone.”
Source of the example: Climbing magazine
“FrictionLabs lasts longer and works better than any other brand on the market. It’s the only chalk I trust to prevent dry-firing off my projects.”
Source of the example: Friction Labs
Other languages (ES)
Spanish: cerillazo. See definition