Assault As*sault", n. [OE. asaut, assaut, OF. assaut, asalt, F. assaut, LL. assaltus; L. ad + saltus a leaping, a springing, salire to leap. See {Assail}.] 1. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town. [1913 Webster]

The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

Unshaken bears the assault Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery. --Blackstone. Wharton. [1913 Webster]

Practically, however, the word assault is used to include the battery. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Attack; invasion; incursion; descent; onset; onslaught; charge; storm. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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