a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed: a police raid on a gambling ring.
Military. a sudden attack on the enemy, as by air or by a small land force.
a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor's employees, members, etc.
Finance. a concerted attempt of speculators to force stock prices down.
verb (used with object)
to make a raid on.
to steal from; loot: a worry that the investment fund is being raided.
to entice away from another: Large companies are raiding key personnel from smaller companies.
to indulge oneself by taking from, especially in order to eat: raiding the cookie jar.
verb (used without object)
to engage in a raid.

1375–1425; Middle English (north and Scots) ra(i)de, Old English rād expedition, literally, a riding; doublet of road

counterraid, noun, verb
unraided, adjective

1. seizure. 2. incursion, invasion, inroad. Unabridged
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raid (reɪd)
1.  a sudden surprise attack: an air raid
2.  a surprise visit by police searching for criminals or illicit goods: a fraud-squad raid
3.  to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
4.  to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etc: raiding the larder
[C15: Scottish dialect, from Old English rād military expedition; see road]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "military expedition on horseback," Scottish and northern English form of rade "a riding, journey," from O.E. rad "a riding" (see road). The word died out by 17c., but was revived by Scott, 1805 ("The Lay of the Last Minstrel") and 1818 ("Rob Roy"), with extended
sense of "attack, foray." The verb is from 1865.
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Computing Dictionary

RAID definition

Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
redundant array of inexpensive disks
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Example sentences
They open windows, refrigerators, garbage bins and raid for food.
Raid a tagger's house, police say, and you will often find graffiti on every
  smooth surface.
Two of them-a twilight raid on an enemy fort and a royal funeral
  procession-were selected to accompany the article.
The shooting was set off by a police raid for weapons.
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