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.

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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 Footage from the area showed bodies strewn across the floor of an air raid shelter. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump gets schooled in Syria on how much his words matter," 9 Apr. 2018 The Hornet was an American aircraft carrier involved in the famous air raid on Tokyo early in the war before being scuttled during the Solomon Islands campaign. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 In her old age, during World War II, an air raid destroyed much of her work. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Triumph of Women Artists," 21 Nov. 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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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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