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 Professor Talalay once recalled hiding under the family’s dining room table during a 1942 German air raid as bombers attempted to destroy Exeter’s historic cathedral. Baltimore Sun, 28 Aug. 2022 During the war in Ukraine, now reaching its six-month anniversary, my friends and colleagues there have held Zoom meetings between air raid signals. Greta Uehling, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 Rocket barrages triggered air raid sirens around southern and central Israel late Sunday, including near Ben Gurion Airport, where officials briefly paused landings after air-defense missiles blew up at least one projectile near approach routes. Shira Rubin,, 7 Aug. 2022 Emergency response officials reported no casualties from the rocket fire, as thousands of residents of southern and central Israel sheltered in safe rooms or community air raid bunkers. Hazem Balousha, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 Moments before the train lurched into motion and toward the west, an air raid siren pierced the air. Justin Spike, ajc, 2 Aug. 2022 Tensions are high enough that Taiwanese officials have started holding air raid drills in preparation for Pelosi's visit. Joel Mathis, The Week, 28 July 2022 Taipei residents take cover in an underground shelter on Monday during an air raid drill. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 27 July 2022 The first version was destroyed during a World War II air raid in Germany, said American Art specialist Paige Kestenman at Christie's New York. CNN, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of air raid

1909, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2022

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“Air raid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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