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Definitions of onset

  1. an offensive against and enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the beginning or early stages; "the onset of pneumonia" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A setting about; a beginning. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To assault; to set upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To set about; to begin. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An assault; attack; as, the onset was furious. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Violent attack: assault: a storming. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. An impetuous attack; assault. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A violent attack; assault. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. 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.
  14. A setting about; a beginning; used especially of diseases or pathological symptoms. dictgcide_fs
  15. on'set, n. violent attack: assault: storming. [On and set.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Attack, assault, impetuous beginning, (esp. at the first o.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. n. A violent attack; a storming ; especially, the assault of an army or body of troops upon an enemy or a fort. Cabinet Dictionary

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