Definition of air raid in English:

air raid

noun

  • An attack in which bombs are dropped from aircraft on to a ground target.

    ‘the town was destroyed in the air raid’
    • ‘Mr Webster, a retired surveyor, was seriously injured during an air raid on his army headquarters in Yarmouth in 1943.’
    • ‘The car was taken back to Berlin and was destroyed during an Allied air raid later in the war.’
    • ‘New York saw damage that looked like a wartime air raid.’
    • ‘He was displeased to watch an air raid occur on his cannons, destroying one of them.’
    • ‘The British mission with the Partisans proved powerless to restrain them and a British officer sent in to mediate was killed in an air raid.’
    • ‘This is because of the danger of their being bombed in an air raid.’
    • ‘So the solution of using bombs from the air, an air raid, is not possible in this kind of fighting.’
    • ‘The railway station was badly bombed during the worst air raid on York in April 1942.’
    • ‘In 1937 his work was declared degenerate by the Nazis and in 1944 his Berlin studio was destroyed in an air raid.’
    • ‘I was five years old when the war began and I remember the blitz, when we spent so much time in the air raid shelters.’
    • ‘He had worked as a civil engineer's clerk for British Rail, and was an air raid patrol warden in Haxby during the Second World War.’
    • ‘She grabbed my arm and told me how her house had been hit by a US bomb during an air raid.’
    • ‘The original was destroyed in a wartime air raid, but a replica was created in 1954.’
    • ‘The enemy bombers were shot down and a long siren wail told residents the air raid was over and that emergency rescue work must begin at once.’
    • ‘Leon's father, Noel, was only three years old when Spalding Avenue, where they lived, was struck during an air raid.’
    • ‘A written record of the event was destroyed in the air raid.’
    • ‘Sara has a mostly miserable time at a succession of schools, and Feige is killed in the last air raid of the war.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the lights fizzle out, and all that can be heard are the bombings of an air raid outside.’
    • ‘The air force launched a massive air raid with high explosive bombs on the shipyard.’
    • ‘Remember that most of the injuries in an air raid are caused not by direct hits by bombs, but by flying fragments of debris or bits of shells.’
    shelling, strafing, pounding, pelting, blitz, strafe, bombing
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Pronunciation

air raid