rafale

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French rafale. [usage 1]

Noun[edit]

rafale (plural rafales)

  1. A short intense, burst of artillery fire from a number of weapons fired with the intention of overwhelming resistence or routing an attacking force.
    • Captain Andrew Hero Jr.
      ...a salvo is ... a succession of shots ... with the same elevation... a single shot for each piece. By a "rafale" is meant all the shots of a battery fired with the same elevation, without any determined order, at the rate of more than one shot per gun. According to circumstances, three different kinds of fire are employed ... first, progressive fire; second, fire with a single elevation; third, fire by salvos or by "rafales"...[1]

Usage notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the military context the term may well be obsolete in English; it had been been introduced into French military usage by General Hippolyte Langlois in the late nineteenth century, and adopted into English and American usage not long after, but the usage seems to have petered out in English by the end of World War I

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Hero Jr. Captain, Artillery Corps. French Rapid-Fire Field Artillery. Antiaircraft Journal v. 20 1903 p47 Opening & Conduct of Fire. [1]

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has articles on:
Wikipedia fr

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain.

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Noun[edit]

rafale f (plural rafales)

  1. gust (of wind)
  2. sudden shower (of rain); flurry (of snow)
  3. burst (of gunfire)

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

rafale f (plural rafales)

  1. (Jersey) gust (of wind)