air raid

noun

Definition of air raid

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

Examples of air raid in a Sentence

Much of the city was destroyed in an air raid.
Recent Examples on the Web Loudspeakers in the streets broadcast the air raid alert, followed by a whistling sound and the thunder of collapsing buildings. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "‘I looked at my mom—it still hurts to this day. She had these big tears running down her face like streams, and I felt in my soul this was the last time I’d see her.’," 6 May 2020 Authorities presumed that, in an air raid, the workers would be too distracted by the threat to their children to concentrate on their jobs. Gerard Degroot, Washington Post, "Winston Churchill and the power of English myth," 28 Feb. 2020 Although the tower survived Nazi bombing, its roof and dials were damaged in a May 1941 air raid which destroyed the main House of Commons chamber. NBC News, "London's 'Big Ben' tower more badly damaged by Nazi bombs than thought," 13 Feb. 2020 During the seven-minute alert, traffic was completely halted downtown, as drivers and pedestrians headed for cover after the air raid sirens went off. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 times that Milwaukee's streets were empty, before the coronavirus pandemic kept us all indoors," 9 Apr. 2020 Raemer, who voted for Gantz's Blue and White Party in the two previous elections and is now considering supporting the left-of-center Labor Party, spoke from a bomb shelter in between air raid sirens. Michele Chabin And Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Israel's endless election gets a third try," 28 Feb. 2020 Rudolph set records at Oklahoma State by stretching the field while running Mike Gundy's ''air raid'' offense. oregonlive, "Pittsburgh Steelers cruise past the Cincinnati Bengals: Recap, score, stats and more," 30 Sep. 2019 This will be a clash of styles between slow-paced KP and Franklin’s air raid offense. BostonGlobe.com, "North Andover at Central Catholic," 27 Sep. 2019 New head coach Kliff Kingsbury handpicked Murray to lead his air raid offense and Murray could produce huge stats as a rookie. Dr. Roto, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: 17 Rookies Who Could Make an Impact in 2019," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of air raid

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Air raid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20raid. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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