Definitions for onsetˈɒnˌsɛt, ˈɔn-

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  1. onset, oncoming(noun)

    the beginning or early stages

    "the onset of pneumonia"

  2. attack, onslaught, onset, onrush(noun)

    (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

    "the attack began at dawn"

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  1. Onset(n.)

    A setting about; a beginning; -- used especially of diseases or pathological symptoms. Shak.

  2. Origin: [On + set.]

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  1. onset(Noun)

    A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.

  2. onset(Noun)

    The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.

  3. onset(Noun)

    The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.

  4. onset(Noun)

    The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.

  5. onset(Noun)

    A setting about; a beginning.

  6. onset(Noun)

    Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage.

  7. onset(Verb)

    To assault; to set upon.

  8. onset(Verb)

    To set about; to begin.

  9. Origin: From . Compare onsettan.

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  1. Onset

    Onset is a census-designated place in the town of Wareham, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,573 at the 2010 census.

Anagrams of onset »

  1. notes, set on, seton, SONET, steno, stone, tones

  2. Set on

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