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on·set

 (ŏn′sĕt′, ôn′-)
n.
1. The beginning or start of something: the onset of a cold.
2. Linguistics The part of a syllable that precedes the nucleus. In the word nucleus (no͞o′klē-əs), the onset of the first syllable is (n), the onset of the second syllable is (kl), and the last syllable has no onset.
3. Archaic An attack by military forces; an assault.

onset

(ˈɒnˌsɛt)
n
1. an attack; assault
2. a start; beginning

on•set

(ˈɒnˌsɛt, ˈɔn-)

n.
1. a beginning or start: the onset of winter.
2. an assault or attack: the onset of the enemy.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.onset - the beginning or early stages; "the onset of pneumonia"
start - the beginning of anything; "it was off to a good start"
2.onset - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)onset - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
ground attack - an attack by ground troops
assault - close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
charge - an impetuous rush toward someone or something; "the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary"; "the battle began with a cavalry charge"
banzai attack, banzai charge - a mass attack of troops without concern for casualties; originated by Japanese who accompanied it with yells of `banzai'
diversionary attack, diversion - an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
penetration, incursion - an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
blitzkrieg, blitz - a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
strike - an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
counterattack, countermove - an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.
bombing, bombardment - an attack by dropping bombs
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
strafe - an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane; "the next morning they carried out a strafe of enemy airfields"
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

onset

noun
1. beginning, start, rise, birth, kick-off (informal), outbreak, starting point, inception, commencement This drug slows down the onset of the disease.
beginning ending, end, finish, conclusion, outcome, wind-up, termination, culmination

onset

noun
2. The initial stage of a developmental process:
Translations
إبْتِداء
start
upphaf, byrjun
sākums

onset

[ˈɒnset] N (= beginning) → principio m, comienzo m; [of disease] → aparición f
the onset of winterel comienzo del invierno

onset

[ˈɒnsɛt] n [disease] → début m; [winter, old age] → approche f

onset

nBeginn m; (of cold weather also)Einbruch m; (of illness)Ausbruch m; the sudden onset of winterder plötzliche Wintereinbruch; the onset of this illness is quite gradualdiese Krankheit kommt nur allmählich zum Ausbruch; with the onset of old age he …als er alt zu werden begann

onset

[ˈɒnˌsɛt] n (of winter) → arrivo; (of illness, old age) → inizio, principio

onset

(ˈonset) noun
a beginning. the onset of a cold.

onset

n inicio, comienzo; age at — edad f de inicio or comienzo; early-onset de inicio or comienzo precoz; juvenile-onset de inicio or comienzo juvenil; late-onset de inicio or comienzo tardío
References in classic literature ?
The onset of troops is like the rush of a torrent which will even roll stones along in its course.
Preserving an interval of some few yards between itself and the ship, the Jeroboam's boat by the occasional use of its oars contrived to keep parallel to the Pequod, as she heavily forged through the sea (for by this time it blew very fresh), with her main-topsail aback; though, indeed, at times by the sudden onset of a large rolling wave, the boat would be pushed some way ahead; but would be soon skilfully brought to her proper bearings again.
I believe, at the moment of my onset, the Stranger had sunk below our Plane, and really found difficulty in rising.
Had the pirates kept together it is certain that they would have won; but the onset came when they were still unstrung, and they ran hither and thither, striking wildly, each thinking himself the last survivor of the crew.
I wandered with that manner, for the next hour or two, all over the place and looked, I have no doubt, as if I were ready for any onset.
For Big-Tooth also had an other-self, and when he slept that other-self dreamed back into the past, back to the winged reptiles and the clash and the onset of dragons, and beyond that to the scurrying, rodent-like life of the tiny mammals, and far remoter still, to the shore-slime of the primeval sea.
The poem swung in majestic rhythm to the cool tumult of interstellar conflict, to the onset of starry hosts, to the impact of cold suns and the flaming up of nebular in the darkened void; and through it all, unceasing and faint, like a silver shuttle, ran the frail, piping voice of man, a querulous chirp amid the screaming of planets and the crash of systems.
The heroic Susan was likewise well contented with her victory, though it had cost her a black eye, which Partridge had given her at the first onset.
Encouraged by this slight advantage, the impetuous young man continued his onset, and sprang upon his enemy with naked hands.
Thereon they rallied and again faced the Achaeans, who gave ground and ceased their murderous onset, for they deemed that some one of the immortals had come down from starry heaven to help the Trojans, so strangely had they rallied.
Meanwhile, Stubb retaining his place in the van, still encouraged his men to the onset, all the while puffing the smoke from his mouth.
He attacked like an angry lion, but he was met by a tap on the mouth from the button of the licentiate's sword that checked him in the midst of his furious onset, and made him kiss it as if it were a relic, though not as devoutly as relics are and ought to he kissed.