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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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 The naval missile barrage is backed by air raids by American, French, and British warplanes, also firing missiles. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Syrian Airstrike Got Help From Space," 24 Apr. 2018 There were also constant calls for ever more squadrons to defend the British homeland against German air raids. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "The RAF at 100: Masters of the Skies," 29 June 2018 Only the crisis of the German air raids, and the power of Smuts’s ideas, compelled Lloyd George’s government to plump for a single, unified service, and then to set it up (as many people noticed) on April Fools’ Day, 1918. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "The RAF at 100: Masters of the Skies," 29 June 2018 The air raid siren atop the San Rafael Hills near La Cañada’s Sugar Loaf Drive surprised area residents by sounding off a 60-second alarm shortly after 11 a.m. on June 9, 1958. Carol Cormaci,, "La Cañada History: Sun owner pays annual summer tribute to blossoming yuccas by featuring them on cover," 11 June 2018 There were air raids in Great Britain, and the haunting sound of sirens was part of the rhythm of life for American servicemen and women, whose numbers reached 1.6 million by June 6, 1944, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "At 100, Army nurse looks back on D-Day," 3 June 2018 Mushroom cloud phobia, when my generation repeatedly practiced air raid drills by diving under school desks? Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "How to profit off horse dung in your retirement," 1 Apr. 2018 But her tirade was cut short by the piercing wail of an air raid siren. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 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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