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Meaning of ONSET

Pronunciation:  'ân`set

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an offensive against and enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
  2. [n]  the beginning or early stages; "the onset of pneumonia"

ONSET is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: attack, oncoming, onrush, onslaught
 See Also: assault, banzai attack, banzai charge, blitz, bombardment, bombing, charge, counterattack, countermove, coup de main, diversion, diversionary attack, fire, firing, ground attack, incursion, military operation, operation, penetration, start, strike, surprise attack



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \On"set`\, n. [On + set.]
    1. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a
       storming; especially, the assault of an army. --Milton.
             The onset and retire Of both your armies. --Shak.
             Who on that day the word of onset gave.
    2. A setting about; a beginning. [Obs.] --Shak.
             There is surely no greater wisdom than well to time
             the beginnings and onsets of things.  --Bacon.
    3. Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful
       appendage. [Obs.] --Johnson.
  2. \On"set`\, v. t.
    1. To assault; to set upon. [Obs.]
    2. To set about; to begin. [Obs.] --Carew.
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