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Onset meaning

onset - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( military) an offensive against an enemy ( using weapons); " the attack began at dawn"
  2. 2. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.
  3. 3. A setting about; a beginning.
  4. 4. Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage.
  5. 5. To assault; to set upon.
  6. 6. To set about; to begin.

onset - examples of usage

  1. The attack is marked from the onset by fever, partial loss of appetite, partial loss of milk, suspended rumination, and separation from the herd. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. At the commencement of the onset it was easy to be seen that Maham's corps had not yet been trained. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  3. Like a war worn veteran he was seen firing his rifle and encouraging others to the onset. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
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