Definition of Strafe

1. Noun. An attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane. "The next morning they carried out a strafe of enemy airfields"

Generic synonyms: Attack, Onrush, Onset, Onslaught



2. Verb. Attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane. "Civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"
Generic synonyms: Assail, Attack
Derivative terms: Strafer

Definition of Strafe

1. Verb. (transitive) To attack (ground targets) with automatic gunfire from a low-flying aircraft. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive video games) to sidestep; to move sideways without turning. A core mechanic of most first-person shooters. ¹

3. Noun. An attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft. ¹

4. Noun. (video games) A sideways movement without turning. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Strafe

1. to attack with machine-gun fire from an airplane [v STRAFED, STRAFING, STRAFES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Strafe

stracciatellas
straczekite
straddle
straddle carrier
straddle carriers
straddled
straddler
straddlers
straddles
straddling
stradiot
stradiots
strads
strae
straes
strafe (current term)
strafed
strafer
strafers
strafes
straff
straffed
straffing
straffs
strafing
strag
straggle
straggled
straggler
stragglers

Literary usage of Strafe

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1. Handbook of War Facts and Peace Problems by Arthur Lincoln Frothingham, Albert Bushnell Hart, National Security League (1919)
""Gott strafe England" (God Punish England) The effect of this poem ... and the response came from 250 throats: "Er strafe cs" ..."

2. Raemaekers' Cartoons: With Accompanying Notes by Well-Known English Writers by Louis Raemaekers (1916)
"... Gott strafe Verdun A IMPARTIAL military verdict on the German strategy and tactics at Verdun ..."

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