Definition of air-raid shelter in English:

air-raid shelter


  • A building or structure designed to protect people from bombs dropped during air raids.

    • ‘When war broke out, Sir Ken was studying architecture and helping to design air-raid shelters.’
    • ‘The vaults were last used 60 years ago as air-raid shelters when Hitler's bombs rained down during the Second World War.’
    • ‘The girls were sent to the air-raid shelter, as the fire spread through the house.’
    • ‘If someone arrived at an air-raid shelter and said " good morning ", it meant they had been sleeping.’
    • ‘He firewatched during the Blitz in Liverpool, retaining vivid memories of digging out bodies from an air-raid shelter which had received a direct hit.’
    • ‘So when he and his pals ran off, and I followed them to an old air-raid shelter, I could hear them but not see them.’
    • ‘A communal air-raid shelter had been dug outside the Eleventh Earl public house.’
    • ‘It was taken by Richard Peter in an air-raid shelter in 1946.’
    • ‘Built like an air-raid shelter, he was less prepared than us to tolerate the delays.’
    • ‘The prisoners were made to reinforce the cellar with concrete so it could serve as an air-raid shelter.’
    • ‘One man suggested on Tuesday this week that there were several air-raid shelters built into the banks of the river.’
    • ‘The space occupied by the air-raid shelters should have been cleared away long ago to provide more public space and not an area for profit-making parking.’
    • ‘After being bundled into the air-raid shelter, we could hear the drone of aircraft passing over-head, on their way to bomb Belfast ship-yards.’
    • ‘Even within air-raid shelters, social groups remained very much segregated.’
    • ‘The streets were a toddler's wonderland of rubble, smashed window frames, half-demolished air-raid shelters.’
    • ‘The museum will be transformed into a war-zone, with windows taped-up, air-raid shelters and propaganda posters.’
    • ‘They reminded me of second world war air-raid shelters.’
    • ‘The condition was first spotted among survivors of the Blitz in World War II who slept in deck chairs in air-raid shelters.’
    • ‘We could all spend our nights in air-raid shelters, rough army blankets over our shoulders, singing songs of defiance and fretting alongside neighbours or even perfect strangers.’
    • ‘There is also an Edwardian greenhouse, potting shed, garage and an air-raid shelter.’