What does Assault mean?

Definitions for Assaultəˈsɔlt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Assault.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assault(noun)

    close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

  2. assault(noun)

    a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped

  3. Assault(noun)

    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

  4. rape, violation, assault, ravishment(verb)

    the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will

  5. assail, assault, set on, attack(verb)

    attack someone physically or emotionally

    "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

  6. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrage(verb)

    force (someone) to have sex against their will

    "The woman was raped on her way home at night"

  7. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault(verb)

    attack in speech or writing

    "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"


  1. assault(Noun)

    A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town.

  2. assault(Noun)

    A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government.

  3. assault(Noun)

    An attempt to commit battery: a violent attempt, or willful effort with force or violence, to do hurt to another, but without necessarily touching his person, as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner, or by striking at him and missing him.

  4. assault(Noun)

    The crime whose action is such an attempt.

  5. assault(Noun)

    An act that causes someone to apprehend imminent bodily harm.

  6. assault(Noun)

    The tort whose action is such an act.

  7. assault(Noun)

    A non-competitive combat between two fencers.

  8. assault(Verb)

    To attack, threaten or harass.

  9. Origin: From noun asault, from the verb asaillir, from assilio, from ad + salio. See also assail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assault(noun)

    a violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town

  2. Assault(noun)

    a violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government

  3. Assault(noun)

    an apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery

  4. Assault(noun)

    to make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces

  5. Assault(noun)

    to attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration


  1. Assault

    At Common Law, an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact. An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability. Generally, the common law definition is the same in criminal and Tort Law. There is, however, an additional Criminal Law category of assault consisting of an attempted but unsuccessful Battery. The term is often confused with battery, which involves physical contact. The specific meaning of assault varies between countries, but can refer to an act that causes another to apprehend immediate and personal violence, or in the more limited sense of a threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force. Assault in some US jurisdictions and Scotland is defined more broadly still as any intentional physical contact with another person without their consent; but in the majority of the United States, and in England and Wales and all other common law jurisdictions in the world, this is defined instead as battery. Some jurisdictions have incorporated the definition of civil assault into the definition of the crime making it a criminal assault to intentionally cause another person to apprehend a harmful or offensive contact.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assault

    as-sawlt′, n. a sudden attack: a storming, as of a town: (Eng. law) unlawful attempt to apply force to the person of another—when force is actually applied, the act amounts to battery: an attack of any sort by arguments, appeals, &c.—v.t. to make an assault or attack upon: (law) to make an assault.—n. Assault′er.—Assault at arms, a display of attack and defence in fencing. [O. Fr. asaut—L. ad, upon, saltus, a leap, salīre, to leap. See Assail.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. assault

    1. The climax of an attack, closing with the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting. 2. In an amphibious operation, the period of time between the arrival of the major assault forces of the amphibious task force in the objective area and the accomplishment of the amphibious task force mission. 3. To make a short, violent, but well-ordered attack against a local objective, such as a gun emplacement, a fort, or a machine gun nest. 4. A phase of an airborne operation beginning with delivery by air of the assault echelon of the force into the objective area and extending through attack of assault objectives and consolidation of the initial airhead. See also assault phase.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Assault' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4158

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Assault' in Nouns Frequency: #1536


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Assault in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Assault in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.

  2. Ryszard Petru:

    Today, it's an assault on the constitutional court, tomorrow, it could be an assault on our freedom.

  3. Billy Madison:

    Billy Hey I'm trying to score points with the teacher today. DON'T SCREW IT UP. 3rd Grader I dare you to touch her boobs. Billy Touch her boobs That's assault brotha...... Ya double dare me

  4. Charlton Heston:

    You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the assault weapons of the First Amendment. They're ugly, a lot of people don't like them, but they're protected by the First Amendment — just as assault weapons

  5. Josh Sugarmann:

    Assault weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons --anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun-- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.

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Translations for Assault

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • اِقْتِحام, اعتداءArabic
  • щурмувам, щурм, атака, атакувам, нападениеBulgarian
  • überfallen, angreifen, AnschlagGerman
  • atacar, asaltar, acometimiento, asaltoSpanish
  • یورش, تجاوزPersian
  • attaquer, assautFrench
  • megtámadHungarian
  • áhlaupIcelandic
  • attacco, attaccare, aggressione, aggredire, molestare, assalire, assaltoItalian
  • 攻める, 攻撃, 突撃Japanese
  • თავდასხმაGeorgian
  • assultōLatin
  • taiapuMāori
  • aanranding, aanranden, vergrijpenDutch
  • voldtaNorwegian
  • napaśćPolish
  • assaltoPortuguese
  • нападать, штурмовать, атака, атаковать, штурм, напасть, нападениеRussian

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