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Definitions of attack

  1. take the initiative and go on the offensive; "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; "an attack on inflation"; "his plan of attack was misguided" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. used in an attack; "assault weapons", "attack planes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. an offensive move in a sport or game; "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. an offensive against and enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. strong criticism; "he published an unexpected attack on my work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. begin to injure; "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To make an onset or attack. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A setting to work upon some task, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. An access of disease; a fit of sickness. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To assault; fall upon with force; assail with intent to overcome, or to damage, discredit, or bring into ridicule; begin to affect or act upon, as disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. To make an onset. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. The act of assailing; a battle; a seizure by illness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. To make an attack. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. To fall upon violently: to assault: to assail with unfriendly words or writing. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. An assault or onset: severe criticism or calumny. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. To assail. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  35. To begin battle or conflict with; assail; assault; make an onset; criticize; censure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. To start vigorously on (a task). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. To act upon vigorously, as acid upon metal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. The act of attacking; an onset; an attacking force; a seizure, as by disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. The act of attacking, or assault; falling on with violence; abuse, injury, or disease. See Attach. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  40. To fall upon with violence; to assault; to assail, so as to discredit and damage; to assail harmfully. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  41. To fall upon with force or violence; to assault; to assail in words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  42. A falling upon with violence; satire; unfriendly criticism. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  43. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; -- opposed to defense. mso.anu.edu.au
  44. 1. to make good on a threat. Refer to aggression and assault. 2. when a hacker gets into your computer to damage it. Refer to active attack. thelawdictionary.org
  45. The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; opposed to defense. dictgcide_fs
  46. at-tak', v.t. to fall upon violently: to assault: to assail with unfriendly words or writing: to begin to affect, fall upon (of diseases).--n. an assault or onset: the offensive part in any contest: the beginning of active operations on anything, even dinner: severe criticism or calumny.--adj. ATTACK'ABLE. [Fr. attaquer. See ATTACH, of which it is a doublet.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  47. A sudden attack, invasion or onset of a disease. A seizure. One attacked or affected with severe disease is often said, in the United States, to be" taken down," or to be" down" with it. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  48. Fall upon, assault, (lit. & fig.); (of physical agents or diseases) act destructively upon. Hence attackable a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  49. Act of attacking (lit. & fig.); offensive operation. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  50. The onset of a disease; an individual illness; a paroxysm or outbreak of a constitutional or recurrent disease.[Fr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  51. n. A falling on with force or violence, or with calumny or criticism. Cabinet Dictionary

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