strafe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German strafe (punish) (a conjugated form of strafen), from phrases like "Gott strafe England" ("God punish England") which the British saw during the First World War.[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /stɹeɪf/
    • (file)
  • (less commonly also) IPA(key): /stɹɑf/
  • Rhymes: -eɪf

Verb[edit]

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.

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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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References[edit]

  1. ^ strafe”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics (2012, →ISBN)

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

strafe

  1. first-person singular and imperative of strafen