What does assault mean?

Definitions for assault
əˈsɔltas·sault

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assaultnoun

    close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

  2. assaultnoun

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

  3. Assaultnoun

    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946

  4. rape, violation, assault, ravishmentverb

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

  5. assail, assault, set on, attackverb

    attack someone physically or emotionally

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

  6. rape, ravish, violate, assault, dishonor, dishonour, outrageverb

    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, assaultverb

    attack in speech or writing

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

Wiktionary

  1. assaultnoun

    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.

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

  2. assaultnoun

    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.

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

  3. assaultnoun

    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.

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

  4. assaultnoun

    The crime whose action is such an attempt.

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

  5. assaultnoun

    An act that causes someone to apprehend imminent bodily harm.

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

  6. assaultnoun

    The tort whose action is such an act.

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

  7. assaultnoun

    A non-competitive combat between two fencers.

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

  8. assaultverb

    To attack, threaten or harass.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assaultnoun

    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. Assaultnoun

    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. Assaultnoun

    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. Assaultnoun

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

  5. Assaultnoun

    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

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. assault

    A hostile attack. The effort to storm a place, and gain possession of a post by main force.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. assault

    A furious but regulated effort to carry a fortified post, camp, or fortress by personal attack, uncovered and unsupported. While an assault during a siege continues, the batteries of the besiegers cease, lest the attacking party should be injured. The party which leads the assault is sometimes called “the forlorn hope.”

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  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

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  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

Examples of assault in a Sentence

  1. Michael Bloomberg:

    I recognize that NDAs, particularly when they are used in the context of sexual harassment and sexual assault, promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported, it is imperative that when problems occur, workplaces not only address the specific incidents, but the culture and practices that led to those incidents. And then leaders must act.

  2. Pat Toomey:

    Guns that are described as assault weapons are almost invariably no more powerful than ordinary hunting rifles.

  3. Richard Viguerie:

    The first duty of government is to protect the citizen from assault. Unless it does this, all the civil rights and civil liberties in the world aren't worth a dime.

  4. Tracey Vitchers:

    Having President Biden as a part of the summit is critical to elevating the importance of sexual assault prevention for our students and university administrations, it's important that students know President Biden has their back when it comes to campus sexual assault prevention and survivor support.

  5. Sarah Fischer:

    Sexual assault prevention is not just for victims, but for everyone.

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