from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A blitzkrieg.
  • noun A heavy aerial bombardment.
  • noun An intense campaign.
  • noun Football A sudden charge upon the quarterback by one or more of the linebackers or defensive backs when the ball is snapped.
  • intransitive verb To subject to a blitz.
  • intransitive verb Football To rush (the quarterback) in a blitz.
  • intransitive verb To carry out a blitz.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (football) a quick move by defensive players toward the passer on the offensive team, as soon as the ball is snapped; -- it is used when the defensive teams assumes that a pass will be attempted, and risks allowing substantial gains by the offensive team if other plays are in fact planned.
  • noun a rapid and violent military attack with intensive aerial bombardment. Same as blitzkrieg
  • noun any vigorous and intensive attack, bombardment, or assault, literally or figuratively; ; the German blitz on London.
  • noun same as blitz chess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sudden attack, especially an air raid; usually with reference to The Blitz.
  • noun figuratively A sudden effort, as a publicity blitz.
  • noun American football action of a defensive football player who rushes the passer of the football.
  • noun chess Blitz chess, a form of chess with a short time limit for moves.
  • noun A swift and overwhelming attack.
  • verb To attack.
  • verb American football To rush the passer.
  • verb cooking To purée or chop (food products) using a food processor or blender.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line
  • noun a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
  • verb attack suddenly and without warning


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for blitzkrieg.]

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Shortened from Blitzkrieg.


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