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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 ?
With them he pushed off; and, after much weary pulling, and many perilous, unsuccessful onsets, he at last succeeded in getting one iron fast.
There is surely no greater wisdom, than well to time the beginnings, and onsets, of things.
As the inner passages to the two caves were so close to each other, Duncan, believing that escape was no longer possible, passed David and the sisters, to place himself between the latter and the first onset of the terrible meeting.
It came with bright flashes of sunlight by day, with deep, monotonous shadow at night; with the onset of heavy winds, the roar of turbulent woods, the tumultuous tossing of leafy arms, and with what seemed the silent dissolution of the whole landscape in days of steady and uninterrupted downfall.
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.
Secondly: The ship Union, also of Nantucket, was in the year totally lost off the Azores by a similar onset, but the authentic particulars of this catastrophe I have never chanced to encounter, though from the whale hunters I have now and then heard casual allusions to it.
Peggotty, whether it would not seem, in the onset, like distrusting her, to follow her any farther.
Now the lioness crouched herself to spring, growling terribly, but the lad with the club did not wait for her onset.