What does attack mean?

Definitions for attack
əˈtækat·tack

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attack, onslaught, onset, onrushnoun

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

    "the attack began at dawn"

  2. attacknoun

    an offensive move in a sport or game

    "they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"

  3. fire, attack, flak, flack, blastnoun

    intense adverse criticism

    "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"

  4. approach, attack, plan of attacknoun

    ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

    "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons"; "an attack on inflation"; "his plan of attack was misguided"

  5. attack, attemptnoun

    the act of attacking

    "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"

  6. attack, tone-beginningnoun

    a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

  7. attacknoun

    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

    "an attack of diarrhea"

  8. attacknoun

    the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)

    "the film was sensitive to attack by acids"; "open to attack by the elements"

  9. attackverb

    strong criticism

    "he published an unexpected attack on my work"

  10. attack, assailverb

    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

    "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

  11. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assaultverb

    attack in speech or writing

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

  12. attack, aggressverb

    take the initiative and go on the offensive

    "The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"

  13. assail, assault, set on, attackverb

    attack someone physically or emotionally

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

  14. attackverb

    set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task

    "I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"

  15. attackverb

    begin to injure

    "The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"

Wiktionary

  1. attacknoun

    An attempt to cause damage or injury to, or to somehow detract from the worth or credibility of, a person, position, idea, object, or thing, by physical, verbal, emotional, or other assault.

    They claimed the censorship of the article was an attack of free speech.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  2. attacknoun

    A time in which one attacks. The offence of a battle.

    The army timed their attack to coincide with the local celebrations.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  3. attacknoun

    Collectively, the bowlers of a cricket side.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  4. attacknoun

    Any contact with the ball other than a serve or block which sends the ball across the plane of the net.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  5. attacknoun

    The three attackmen on the field or all the attackmen of a team.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  6. attacknoun

    The sudden onset of a disease.

    Iu00B4ve had an attack of the flu.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  7. attacknoun

    An active episode of a chronic or recurrent disease.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  8. attacknoun

    The amount of time it takes for the volume of an audio signal to go from zero to maximum level (e.g. an audio waveform representing a snare drum hit would feature a very fast attack, whereas that of a wave washing to shore would feature a slow attack).

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  9. attackverb

    To apply violent force to someone or something.

    This species of snake will only attack humans if it feels threatened.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  10. attackverb

    To aggressively challenge a person, idea, etc., with words (particularly in newspaper headlines, because it typesets into less space than "criticize" or similar).

    She published an article attacking the recent pay cuts.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  11. attackverb

    To deal with something undesirable in a direct way.

    Weu00B4ll have dinner before we attack the biology homework.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  12. attackverb

    To aim balls at the batsman's wicket.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  13. attackverb

    To set a field, or bowl in a manner designed to get wickets.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  14. attackverb

    To bat aggressively, so as to score runs quickly.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

  15. attackverb

    To move forward in an attempt to actively score point, as opposed to trying not to concede.

    Etymology: From attaque, derived from the verb attaquer, from attaccare used in attaccare battaglia, "to join battle". Cognate with Italian attacca and German Attacke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attackverb

    to fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  2. Attackverb

    to assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  3. Attackverb

    to set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  4. Attackverb

    to begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  5. Attackverb

    to make an onset or attack

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  6. Attacknoun

    the act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; -- opposed to defense

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  7. Attacknoun

    an assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  8. Attacknoun

    a setting to work upon some task, etc

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  9. Attacknoun

    an access of disease; a fit of sickness

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

  10. Attacknoun

    the beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent

    Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attack

    at-tak′, v.t. to fall upon violently: to assault: to assail with unfriendly words or writing: to begin to affect, fall upon (of diseases).—n. an assault or onset: the offensive part in any contest: the beginning of active operations on anything, even dinner: severe criticism or calumny.—adj. Attack′able. [Fr. attaquer. See Attach, of which it is a doublet.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. attack

    A general assault or onset upon an enemy. Also the arrangement for investment or battle. (See FALSE ATTACK.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. attack

    Any general assault or onset that is given to gain a post or break a body of troops. False attack, a feigned or secondary movement in the arrangements of an assault, intended to divert the attention of an enemy from the real or principal attack. Such a movement has been sometimes converted into a real attack, and succeeded when the main assault, to which it was intended to be subsidiary, had failed. Attack of a siege is a furious attack made by the besiegers by means of trenches, galleries, saps, breaches, or mines, etc., by storming any part of the front attack. To attack in front or flank, in fortifications, means to attack the salient angle, or both sides of the bastion.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1322

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2288

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Nouns Frequency: #407

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Verbs Frequency: #349

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attack in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of attack in a Sentence

  1. Alistair McDonnell:

    This is a great result for transnational organised crime (fighting) cooperation because these guys have been doing this for 10 to 15 years, we are cutting away at the model. We'll attack the insurance, the availability of supplies and crew, attack the landing ports and the markets they use. It is death by a thousand cuts.

  2. Annette Lang:

    I had my first panic attack in 60 years of my life. I was worried about getting sick, I was also worried about bringing something home.

  3. Shura Council:

    We attacked Daesh (Islamic State) in al-Fatayeh to recapture the area ... The attack was from all sides except the south, which is where they fled.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    The agency advised those affected to monitor their bank accounts for unusual activity, and to request a credit report along with other safeguards against fraud. The Associated Press, which first reported the breach, cited officials saying that the breach could potentially affect every federal agency. One key question is whether intelligence agency employee information was stolen. This is an attack against the nation, said Ken Ammon, chief strategy officer of software security company Xceedium, who added that the stolen information could be used to impersonate or blackmail federal employees with access to sensitive information. The FBI said in a statement that The FBI was working with interagency partners to investigate the breach, while the DHS said it was continuing to monitor federal networks for suspicious activity and is working aggressively to investigate the extent of the breach. Responding to news of the breach, Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called on Senate Intelligence Committee to pass cybersecurity legislation passed by the House earlier in the year. This bill will not be a panacea for the broad cyber threats we face, but it is one important piece of armor in our defenses that must be put in place – now.

  5. Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan:

    Look, the President has been frustrated with this relentless attack on him by the Democrats that started even before he was President. I think The American people can relate to the frustration, democrats started in July 2016 with The American people crazy investigation and now The American people move into this, so I think that's what drives that.

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Translations for attack

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  • aanvalAfrikaans
  • حملة, هجوم, هاجمArabic
  • həmlə, hücumAzerbaijani
  • нападзе́нне, атакава́ць, напа́д, напада́ць, напа́сціBelarusian
  • нападам, нападение, настъпление, нападе́ние, атака, атакувам, нахвърлям се, пристъпBulgarian
  • argadennBreton
  • atacar, atacCatalan, Valencian
  • útok, útočitCzech
  • angribe, overfalde, angrebDanish
  • Angriff, angreifen, attackieren, Attacke, AnfallGerman
  • επιτίθεμαι, προσβολή, κρίση, επίθεση, ανάκρουση, έφοδος, καταπιάνομαιGreek
  • ataki, agresi, atakoEsperanto
  • ataque, atacarSpanish
  • kallaletung, ründama, halvustama, rünnak, haigushoogEstonian
  • eraso, erasoaldiBasque
  • حمله, یورشPersian
  • hyökätä, hyökkäys, iskulyönti, käydä kimppuun, kohtaus, käydä käsiksi, hyökkääjäFinnish
  • attaquer, attaqueFrench
  • oanfalle, oanfalWestern Frisian
  • ionsaigh, ionsaíIrish
  • ionnsaigh, thoir ionnsaighScottish Gaelic
  • הִתְקִיף, הַתְקָפָהHebrew
  • हमलाHindi
  • támadásHungarian
  • serang, serbuIndonesian
  • attaccoItalian
  • 攻撃Japanese
  • თავდასხმა, შეტევა, იერიშიGeorgian
  • 공격하다, 攻擊, 공격Korean
  • په‌له‌مار, êrîş, تێبه‌ربوونKurdish
  • атака кылуу, качырып кирүү, зыян, таасир, чабуул, таасирлөө, качыруу, чабуул жасоо, кол салуу, асылууKyrgyz
  • pugnaLatin
  • pulti, atakuotiLithuanian
  • uzbrukums, uzbruktLatvian
  • kōkiri, upokotaua, huaki, whakatokeMāori
  • ആക്രമിക്കുക, ആക്രമണംMalayalam
  • serangan, serangMalay
  • aanval, aanvallen, aanvalszijdeDutch
  • atak, napad, atakować, napadać, napaśćPolish
  • ataque, atacar, investidaPortuguese
  • atac, atacaRomanian
  • ата́ка, нападе́ние, уда́р, при́ступ, напада́ть, напа́сть, критикова́ть, атакова́ть, припа́док, штурмRussian
  • napad, napasti, napadati, напад, нападати, напастиSerbo-Croatian
  • útokSlovak
  • napasti, napadSlovene
  • anfalla, attack, attackera, anfall, angripaSwedish
  • దాడి చేయు, దాడి, దండెత్తుTelugu
  • ҳамла, ҳуҷумTajik
  • การโจมตี, โจมตีThai
  • hücûm, saldırı, hamle, taarruz, saldırmakTurkish
  • на́пад, напада́ти, напа́сти, ата́ка, атакува́тиUkrainian
  • حملہUrdu
  • công kích, 攻撃Vietnamese
  • tatak, tatakönVolapük
  • 攻擊Chinese

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    having or resembling a stinger or barb
    • A. tacky
    • B. aculeate
    • C. eminent
    • D. contagious

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