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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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

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Numerology

  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. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    A rape is an act of violence. It's a horrifying thing that happens. And fortunately, the number of abortions in this country that are due to rape are very small, less than 1% of the cases in the world. But they happen. And they're horrifying. And they're tragic. And I recognize that, i also recognize that because of the existence of over-the-counter morning after, not to mention medical treatment that's now available immediately after the assault, that should be widely available to victims, we can bring that number down to zero.

  2. Lee Wolosky:

    It is completely unprecedented, and extremely sad and unfortunate, that the Department of Justiceis --for the first time ever -- isexecuting arrest warrants against U.S. citizens based on criminal complaints of North Korea, and based on the accounts of North Korean witnesses who we know not to be credible, there was no attack, there was no assault, there was no invasion of the embassy.

  3. Eleni Linos:

    As technology becomes more sophisticated and people start to use their phones interactively for an increasing number of daily tasks, it would not be surprising if they also increasingly turned to electronic devices for help with personal, health and safety issues, the phone user needs to retain the power to choose what happens. Every domestic violence and sexual assault situation is different, and the phone won't know if the abuser suddenly re-enters the room, grabs the phone, or starts listening in. It's tempting to say that the phone should automatically dial 911, but that could lead to an increase in the number of accidental calls, limit emergency services' capacity to respond to actual urgent calls, and worst of all might tip off the perpetrator that his or her victim is trying to get help.

  4. Former OSU wrestler Mike DiSabato:

    Again, I don't -- I don't think Jim Jordan and/or a lot of folks, coaches, administrators, really understood that, you know, touching a man's genitals without the need to do so is the definition -- is a definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Again, in the mid -'80s, that -- that term wasn't necessarily used, however, to now say -- to now know that the word does apply to what was happening to us at the time is just -- is -- is -- is just -- it's surprising to me given the fact that Jim Jordan has -- this isn't the Jim Jordan I know.

  5. Terri Sewell:

    There is a renewed assault. And now more than ever, we need brave souls.

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