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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School administrators deemed Rice honorary captain ahead of their 2019 home opener, while the Lancers paid homage to the WWII paratrooper by putting on an air raid against San Ysidro and winning 43-3. Luke Ramirez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hilltop honors WWII paratrooper with aerial display," 6 Sep. 2019 Aside from Brooks connecting with Freeman, the Gauchos’ offense struggled to pick up yards as the Wildcats shut down any potential ground game or air raid. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, "Football: Marin Catholic’s young QB too much for El Cerrito," 24 Aug. 2019 According to Vivian Song of the New York Times, the basement headquarters, restored to prominence as the museum’s centerpiece, was originally used as an air raid shelter. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Paris Basement Used as WWII Resistance Headquarters Transformed Into Museum Centerpiece," 19 Aug. 2019 Holocaust deniers will claim that legitimate historians misinterpret the purpose or function of an architectural space, that an underground gas chamber was, for example, just an air raid shelter. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Will our migrant detention cages be studied in tomorrow’s museums?," 18 July 2019 Holocaust deniers will claim that legitimate historians misinterpret the purpose or function of an architectural space, that an underground gas chamber was, for example, just an air raid shelter. Philip Kennicott, chicagotribune.com, "Will future museums study our migrant cages?," 22 July 2019 In a hilarious episode, a friend in the village convinces the Nazis that Ginzburg is a poor, sad refugee who has no papers because they were lost in an air raid. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 Cloudy with a chance of warming Scientists have been trying to understand contrails since World War II, when massive air raids over Europe filled the skies with the now-familiar white lines. NBC News, "Do airplane contrails add to climate change? Yes, and the problem is about to get worse.," 28 July 2019 Perhaps, Moritz said, some people would have received an earlier alert if fire stations or other town buildings were equipped with sirens similar to the ones used to warn of air raids or tornadoes. Dianna M. Náñez, azcentral, "Some saw deadly Camp Fire as the 'new normal.' Experts say we already know how to prevent a repeat," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of air raid

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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