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definition of the word strafe

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German strafe (punish) (in "Gott strafe England", "God punish England", 1914).

to strafe

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to strafe (third-person singular simple present strafes, present participle strafing, simple past and past participle strafed)

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  1. (transitive) To attack (ground targets) with automatic gunfire from a low-flying aircraft.
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (transitive, video games) to sidestep; to move sideways without turning. A core mechanic of most first-person shooters.
    • 2007, Stephen Cawood, Pat McGee, Microsoft XNA Game Studio Creator's Guide
      A strafe is a side-to-side camera movement. If you're a fan of first-person shooter games, you know how fundamental strafing can be to a game.



strafe (plural strafes)

  1. An attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft.
  2. (video games) A sideways movement without turning.
    • 2004, Marc Saltzman, Game Creation and Careers: Insider Secrets from Industry Experts
      We also have added a new game control called the "defensive strafe," in which the user can press a button and stay facing forward.

strafe (1st person singular and imperative of strafen)

  1. punish
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