a raid by aircraft, especially for bombing a particular area.
- air-raid, adjective
- air raider, noun
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How to use air raid in a sentence
Catbirds are pretty vocal, but this guy was like an air raid siren, squawking up a storm.On the house: Wrens are nesting in my backyard bird box. I couldn’t be happier. | John Kelly | July 7, 2021 | Washington Post
A 50-year-old woman died Friday morning during an air raid from injuries she sustained running for shelter.Israeli forces hit Hamas tunnels in Gaza as all-out war looms; more rockets rain down | Steve Hendrix, Michael E. Miller, Shira Rubin | May 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Its production lines had been converted to pump out air raid PA systems and scrambler telephones to support the war effort.
Among them was the neighbor who had insisted that the air raid shelter be searched for survivors.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive | Clive Irving | August 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Without an Iron Dome defense system, air raid sirens or even bomb shelters, people resign themselves to their fate.
Half an hour after I had returned to my old apartment from Jaffa, an air raid siren went off.
Better yet, listen to the piercing air-raid siren on Memorial Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day.Recognition of 'Jewish State' is Necessary for Peace Talks | Micah Stein | July 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The shock of the first air-raid sirens giving way to a kind of numbness.Red Alert in Tel Aviv: Fear Inside the Israeli City’s Bubble | Ethan Perlson | November 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
As we were putting them into the vans the signal came that an air raid was on.Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
But I had hardly got settled for sleep when the shrieking siren announced an air raid.Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
The peril of an air raid was forgotten as the ambulances rolled in from the north and east.Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross | Alice B. Emerson
One night we were there during an air raid and didn't oven bother to get out of bed to look for a shelter.The Biography of a Rabbit | Roy Benson
Every time there was an air raid they strapped him on a plank and carried him down to the air raid shelter.The Biography of a Rabbit | Roy Benson
British Dictionary definitions for air raid
an attack by hostile aircraft
(as modifier): an air-raid shelter
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