air raid

noun

Definition of air raid

: an attack by armed airplanes on a surface target usually hyphenated when used attributively air-raid shelter

Examples of air raid in a Sentence

Much of the city was destroyed in an air raid.
Recent Examples on the Web Soon after, for the first time in nearly a month, air raid sirens sounded the alarm in southern Israel when Gaza militants used heavy machine guns to fire across the border, the Israeli military said. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Unlike Israel, the Gaza Strip has no air raid sirens or bomb shelters. Morgan Winsor And Nasser Atta, ABC News, 20 May 2021 An Israeli air raid in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, early Saturday in the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza's militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week. Editors, USA TODAY, 15 May 2021 Unlike Israel, the Gaza Strip has no air raid sirens or bomb shelters. Morgan Winsor And Nasser Atta, ABC News, 20 May 2021 Hours earlier, another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children, the deadliest single strike of the current conflict. Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Unlike Israel, the Gaza Strip has no air raid sirens or bomb shelters. Morgan Winsor And Nasser Atta, ABC News, 20 May 2021 Life in southern Israel has long entailed regular air raid sirens. Hazem Balousha, Washington Post, 19 May 2021 The hollow woo of the air raid siren began to wail as Moran Segal was at home late at night with her three daughters. NBC News, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of air raid

1909, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2021

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“Air raid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20raid. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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air raid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air raid

: an attack in which a place is bombed by military airplanes

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