Definitions for kamikazeˌkɑ mɪˈkɑ zi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ka•mi•ka•zeˌkɑ mɪˈkɑ zi(n.; adj.)(pl.)-zes

  1. (n.)(during World War II) a member of a special corps in the Japanese air force charged with suicidal missions against U.S. warships.

    Category: Military

  2. an airplane filled with explosives and flown by a kamikaze.

  3. (adj.)of or resembling a kamikaze; wildly reckless; suicidal.

Origin of kamikaze:

1944–45; < Japn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kamikaze(noun)

    a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II

  2. kamikaze(noun)

    a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash

Wiktionary

  1. kamikaze(Noun)

    An attack requiring the suicide of the one carrying it out, especially when done with an aircraft.

  2. kamikaze(Noun)

    One who makes an attack requiring his suicide, especially when done with an aircraft.

  3. Origin: From ().

Freebase

  1. Kamikaze

    The Kamikaze, official name: Tokubetsu Kōgekitai, Tokkō Tai or Tokkō were suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign of World War II, designed to destroy warships more effectively than was possible with conventional attacks. Numbers quoted vary, but at least 47 Allied vessels, from PT boats to escort carriers, were sunk by kamikaze attacks, and about 300 damaged. During World War II, nearly 4,000 kamikaze pilots were sacrificed. About 14% of kamikaze attacks managed to hit a ship. Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a "Body Attack" in planes laden with some combination of explosives, bombs, torpedoes and full fuel tanks; accuracy was much better than a conventional attack, and the payload larger. A kamikaze could sustain damage which would disable a conventional attacker and still achieve its objective. The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered to justify sacrificing pilots and aircraft.

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