Definitions of onset

  1. To assault; to set upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To set about; to begin. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. the beginning or early stages; "the onset of pneumonia" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A setting about; a beginning. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. An assault; attack; as, the onset was furious. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Violent attack: assault: a storming. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A violent attack; assault. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A rushing or setting upon; a violent attack; first brunt. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for onset

  1. Upon this first onset those who were not privy to the design were astonished and their horror and amazement at what they saw were so great, that they durst not fly nor assist Caesar, nor so much as speak a word. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. I am not Ignorant that no Part of the World is free from Sharpers, but I thought in another Place I might better resist their first Onset and let them gain no ground upon me, while Rule I here neglected for want of Experience. – Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718) by Daniel Defoe