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strafe

 (strāf)
tr.v. strafed, straf·ing, strafes
To attack (ground troops, for example) with a machine gun or cannon from a low-flying aircraft.
n.
An attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft.

[From German (Gott) strafe (England), (God) punish (England), a common World War I slogan, from strafen, to punish, from Middle High German strāfen, to contest, admonish.]

straf′er n.

strafe

(streɪf; strɑːf)
vb (tr)
1. (Military) to machine-gun (troops, etc) from the air
2. slang to punish harshly
n
(Military) an act or instance of strafing
[C20: from German strafen to punish]
ˈstrafer n

strafe

(streɪf, strɑf)

v. strafed, straf•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to attack (ground troops, etc.) with fire from low-flying airplanes.
n.
2. a strafing attack.
[1915; extracted from the German propaganda slogan Gott strafe England may God punish England]
straf′er, n.

strafe


Past participle: strafed
Gerund: strafing

Imperative
strafe
strafe
Present
I strafe
you strafe
he/she/it strafes
we strafe
you strafe
they strafe
Preterite
I strafed
you strafed
he/she/it strafed
we strafed
you strafed
they strafed
Present Continuous
I am strafing
you are strafing
he/she/it is strafing
we are strafing
you are strafing
they are strafing
Present Perfect
I have strafed
you have strafed
he/she/it has strafed
we have strafed
you have strafed
they have strafed
Past Continuous
I was strafing
you were strafing
he/she/it was strafing
we were strafing
you were strafing
they were strafing
Past Perfect
I had strafed
you had strafed
he/she/it had strafed
we had strafed
you had strafed
they had strafed
Future
I will strafe
you will strafe
he/she/it will strafe
we will strafe
you will strafe
they will strafe
Future Perfect
I will have strafed
you will have strafed
he/she/it will have strafed
we will have strafed
you will have strafed
they will have strafed
Future Continuous
I will be strafing
you will be strafing
he/she/it will be strafing
we will be strafing
you will be strafing
they will be strafing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been strafing
you have been strafing
he/she/it has been strafing
we have been strafing
you have been strafing
they have been strafing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been strafing
you will have been strafing
he/she/it will have been strafing
we will have been strafing
you will have been strafing
they will have been strafing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been strafing
you had been strafing
he/she/it had been strafing
we had been strafing
you had been strafing
they had been strafing
Conditional
I would strafe
you would strafe
he/she/it would strafe
we would strafe
you would strafe
they would strafe
Past Conditional
I would have strafed
you would have strafed
he/she/it would have strafed
we would have strafed
you would have strafed
they would have strafed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strafe - an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplanestrafe - 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"
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
Verb1.strafe - attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane; "civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
Translations

strafe

[strɑːf] VTametrallar, abalear (LAm)

strafe

[ˈstrɑːf ˈstreɪf] vtmitrailler

strafe

vtunter Beschuss nehmen; (with shells also) → mit Granaten bewerfen; (with bombs) → bombardieren

strafe

[strɑːf] vtmitragliare
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