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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.
1. an attack; assault
2. a start; beginning
1. a beginning or start: the onset of winter.
2. an assault or attack: the onset of the enemy.
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|Noun||1.||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); "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
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.
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"
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