from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of strafe.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Huddled helplessly together in a small ravine, without arms, we were at complete mercy of Jerry and he made the most of it with a strafing from the air and anti personnel bombs.

    Thomas Hawksworth

  • The fighter jet was conducting what is called a strafing operation, flying at a low altitude and firing on targets.

    CNN Transcript Nov 28, 2006

  • Stowes toyed for a moment with the idea of strafing the terrain with fire in order to eliminate the danger to the Finmark but the range of big guns was very far and the island was small.

    Enemy in the Dark

  • Calif., where she towed targets and assisted in war games like strafing, which is attacking ground troops with a low-flying aircraft.

    The Seattle Times

  • Managed to be seen by a helicopter crew, and was caught in the "strafing" by gunner and chasing

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Note to Globe headline writers: "strafing" is done from aircraft, not by troops on the ground. posted by Mark, Ottawa at 2:03 PM

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Note to Globe headline writers: "strafing" is done from aircraft, not by troops on the ground.

    Daimnation!: Afstan: Danes in deadly combat

  • His "strafing" was fitful, poorly sighted, and of small calibre.

    Norman Ten Hundred A Record of the 1st (Service) Bn. Royal Guernsey Light Infantry

  • We stayed on till Howell's expert eye had had its fill of details, with no burst of shells to interfere with our comfort; though by the rules we ought to have had a good "strafing," which was another reminder of my debt to the German for his consideration to the American correspondent at the British front.

    My Second Year of the War

  • Then they will fall to "strafing" each other instead of England.

    Raemaekers' Cartoons With Accompanying Notes by Well-known English Writers


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • From p. 25 of Dave Eggers' "Zeitoun":

    "Mahmoud and the rest of the crew dove into the sea just before the planes began strafing."

    July 29, 2012