Onset On"set`, v. t. 1. To assault; to set upon. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. To set about; to begin. [Obs.] --Carew. [1913 Webster]

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  • onset — I (assault) noun advance, aggression, assailment, attack, barrage, blitzkrieg, bombardment, charge, dragonnade, encounter, foray, forced entrance, fusillade, incursion, intrusion, invasion, maraud, offense, offensive, onrush, onslaught, raid,… …   Law dictionary

  • onset — [ɔnsɛt] n. m. ÉTYM. V. 1960; mot angl., de on « sur » et to set « mettre ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. Techn. (imprim.). Procédé d impression sans contact, qui utilise les phénomènes électrostatiques. ⇒ Offset …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • onset — (n.) 1530s, attack, assault, from ON (Cf. on) + SET (Cf. set) (n.); Cf. to set (something) on (someone). Weaker sense of beginning, start first recorded 1560s. Figurative use in reference to a calamity, disease, etc. is from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • onset — *attack, assault, onslaught Analogous words: aggression, offensive, offense, *attack: storming, bombarding, assailing (see ATTACK vb): invasion, raid, incursion …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • onset — [n] beginning; attack access, aggression, assailment, assault, birth, charge, commencement, dawn, dawning, encounter, inception, incipience, kickoff*, offense, offensive, onfall, onrush, onslaught, opening, origin, outbreak, outset, outstart,… …   New thesaurus

  • onset — ► NOUN 1) the beginning of something, especially something unpleasant. 2) archaic a military attack …   English terms dictionary

  • onset — [än′set΄] n. 1. an attack; assault 2. a beginning; start …   English World dictionary

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