strafe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

German strafe (punish), a conjugated form of strafen (punish) the British saw in German expressions like "Gott strafe England" ("God punish England") during the First World War.

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

  1. (transitive) To attack (ground targets) with automatic gunfire from a low-flying aircraft.
  2. (intransitive, video games) to sidestep; to move sideways without turning. A core mechanic of most first-person shooters.
    • 2001, Jana Hallford, Swords and circuitry: a designer's guide to computer role playing games
      If the NPC is close to the player, he may also try using the tried-and-true Quake circle-strafing technique.
    • 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.

Noun[edit]

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.

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strafe

  1. first person singular and imperative of strafen