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Definition 1: (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where onset or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the attack began at dawn

Synonyms for onset in the sense of this definition

(onset is a kind of ...) activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

"it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack without warning

(... is a kind of onset ) 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"

(... is a kind of onset ) 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"

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack by dropping bombs

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective

"the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"

(... is a kind of onset ) a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack

(... is a kind of onset ) a mass attack of troops without concern for casualties; originated by Japanese who accompanied it with yells of `banzai'

(... is a kind of onset ) an impetuous rush toward someone or something

"the wrestler's charge carried him past his adversary" "the battle began with a cavalry charge"

(... is a kind of onset ) an attack by ground troops

(onset is a part of ...) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

(onset belongs to category ...) 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"

Definition 2: the beginning or early stages - [noun denoting event]

Samples where onset or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the onset of pneumonia

Synonyms for onset in the sense of this definition

(onset is a kind of ...) the beginning of anything

"it was off to a good start"

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