air raid


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

Over the weekend, rights groups said that at least 22 people were killed in Russian and regime air raids. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Syrians are as trapped as ever as the world looks away," 15 July 2019 The Israeli army said several dozen rockets had been fired into Israel on Monday and Tuesday, as air raid sirens wailed across southern Israel. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Israel, Gaza militants in 2nd day of cross-border fighting," 25 Mar. 2019 Amid air raids, curfews, gas mask drills and rationing, Tom, who’s become fast friends with Buster, hatches a plucky plan to save the beast from certain death. Gary Goldstein,, "A boy and his elephant charm in World War II-set drama 'Zoo'," 5 June 2018 The Iranian launch followed a rare Israeli daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. Albert Aji, The Seattle Times, "Syria says Israeli airstrike on military position wounds 6," 13 Apr. 2019 President Barack Obama’s administration conducted air raids against al-Shabaab leaders. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 In the 1940s, Hollywood became a far less decadent place, thanks to World War II (curfews and air raid drills can ruin a good time), and also to Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose anti-communist crusade ravaged L.A.’s creative community. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Major and his colleagues found a pronounced decrease in electron concentration—a loss of ionization—in the ionosphere around the time of the air raids, likely due to a heating effect of the shockwaves produced by the bombings. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "World War II bombings weakened upper atmosphere at edge of space," 25 Sep. 2018 Hamas militants responded with a cross-border fusillade that sent Israelis scrambling for air raid shelters. Fox News, "Israeli launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of air raid

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air raid was in 1909

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English Language Learners Definition of air raid

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

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