Associations to the word «Onset»


ONSET, noun. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.
ONSET, noun. (medicine) The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.
ONSET, noun. (phonology) The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.
ONSET, noun. (acoustics) The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.
ONSET, noun. (obsolete) A setting about; a beginning.
ONSET, noun. (obsolete) Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage.
ONSET, noun. The start (of something)
ONSET, verb. (obsolete) To assault; to set upon.
ONSET, verb. (obsolete) To set about; to begin.

Dictionary definition

ONSET, noun. The beginning or early stages; "the onset of pneumonia".
ONSET, noun. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn".

Wise words

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