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.

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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 According to the Israeli military, air raids were sounding in Israel as Iran fired multiple rockets into the country. Fox News, "Oliver North: Official says Israel responded to Iran," 9 May 2018 Pentagon officials would be wary about telling Russia the timing or targets of an air raid, fearing Moscow would pass the intelligence to Assad's forces and help them shoot down allied jets. David S. Cloud,, "As Trump considers military action on Syria, Pentagon worries it could put Russian soldiers in the crosshairs," 11 Apr. 2018 With air raid sirens wailing throughout southern Israel and the explosions of airstrikes thundering in Gaza, the sides had appeared to be headed to what would have been their fourth war in a decade. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas," 13 Nov. 2018 The data is then processed by the app, which creates a list of possible targets based on estimates of the plane's trajectory - triggering warning messages on social media, and air raid sirens in towns and cities throughout the area. David Nath, Fox News, "Social media saves lives in Syria's Civil War," 21 Sep. 2018 The Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information about the Israeli air raid that triggered the Syrian fire and led to the plane's loss. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane," 19 Sep. 2018 Zum Nussbaum, a centuries-old inn originally located in a different part of the city, was rebuilt after it was destroyed in an Allied air raid during World War II. New York Times, "A $1,000 Day in Berlin for $100," 29 May 2018 As world news teemed with hijackings and air raids, and national news with serial killers and crime surges, outrage became a way to describe whatever perplexed and disoriented us. New York Times, "News of an ‘Outrage’ Used to Mean Something Very, Very Different," 23 May 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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