Definitions for attack
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word attack.
attack, onslaught, onset, onrushnoun
(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
"the attack began at dawn"
an offensive move in a sport or game
"they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"
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"
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"
the act of attacking
"attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
"an attack of diarrhea"
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"
"he published an unexpected attack on my work"
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"
attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assaultverb
attack in speech or writing
"The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
take the initiative and go on the offensive
"The Serbs attacked the village at night"; "The visiting team started to attack"
assail, assault, set on, attackverb
attack someone physically or emotionally
"The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"
set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
"I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed"
begin to injure
"The cancer cells are attacking his liver"; "Rust is attacking the metal"
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.
A time in which one attacks. The offence of a battle.
The army timed their attack to coincide with the local celebrations.
Collectively, the bowlers of a cricket side.
Any contact with the ball other than a serve or block which sends the ball across the plane of the net.
The three attackmen on the field or all the attackmen of a team.
The sudden onset of a disease.
Iu00B4ve had an attack of the flu.
An active episode of a chronic or recurrent disease.
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).
To apply violent force to someone or something.
This species of snake will only attack humans if it feels threatened.
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.
To deal with something undesirable in a direct way.
Weu00B4ll have dinner before we attack the biology homework.
To aim balls at the batsman's wicket.
To set a field, or bowl in a manner designed to get wickets.
To bat aggressively, so as to score runs quickly.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
An assault upon an enemy.
Etymology: from the verb.
Hector opposes, and continues the attack; in which, after many actions, Sarpedon makes the first breach in the wall. Alexander Pope, Iliad, argum. b. xii.
If appriz’d of the severe attack,
The country be shut up. James Thomson.
I own ’twas wrong, when thousands call’d me back,
To make that hopeless, ill-advis’d attack. Edward Young.
Etymology: attaquer, Fr.
The front, the rear
Attack, while Yvo thunders in the center. Ambrose Philips, Briton.
Those that attack, generally get the victory, though with disadvantage of ground. Richard Kane, Campaigns.
Attack is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The song was released by Immortal and Virgin on May 3, 2005, as the lead single from the band's second album, A Beautiful Lie. The song was written by Jared Leto and was produced by Josh Abraham and 30 Seconds to Mars. The song is a dynamic expression of rebirth and renewal. 30 Seconds to Mars premiered the song on the American network Fuse on May 25, 2005, during Daily Download."Attack" has been critically appreciated, with reviewers complimenting its energetic keyboards, vast, abrasive guitars and infectious vocals. The song was the most added track on alternative radio in its first week, becoming a Billboard's Modern Rock top 30 hit. It attained success during the years, debuting for the first time on European charts only after two years of its original release. The accompanying music video, which aired on August 29, 2005, takes place in an abandoned hotel in Hollywood and every frame hides some messages.
An attack is an aggressive action, either physical or verbal, taken against someone or something with the intent to cause harm, damage, or defeat. This action can be an offensive move in a conflict or competition and may occur in various realms such as military battles, sports, public debates, computer systems, or personal relationships.
to fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault
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
to set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation
to begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste
to make an onset or attack
the act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; -- opposed to defense
an assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words
a setting to work upon some task, etc
an access of disease; a fit of sickness
the beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent
Etymology: [Cf. F. attaque.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
A general assault or onset upon an enemy. Also the arrangement for investment or battle. (See FALSE ATTACK.)
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1322
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2288
Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Nouns Frequency: #407
Rank popularity for the word 'attack' in Verbs Frequency: #349
The numerical value of attack in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of attack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
When coward individuals are not able to attack the message, they attack the messenger.
Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Attack Guns on the floor of congress and all hell breaks loose. Attack God on the floor of the Dem National Convention and we elect the party that does it.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
Before the Garissa attack, we had 460 students in our school. After the attack, only 300 reported back. The others left Garissa or were scared to come back [to school] because of the attack. now we are gaining confidence again -- we have security on the compound for the school and even during the night for the sisters, for the priests.
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Translations for attack
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- حملة, هجوم, هاجمArabic
- həmlə, hücumAzerbaijani
- нападзе́нне, атакава́ць, напа́д, напада́ць, напа́сціBelarusian
- нападам, нападение, настъпление, нападе́ние, атака, атакувам, нахвърлям се, пристъпBulgarian
- 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
- serang, serbuIndonesian
- თავდასხმა, შეტევა, იერიშიGeorgian
- 공격하다, 攻擊, 공격Korean
- پهلهمار, êrîş, تێبهربوونKurdish
- атака кылуу, качырып кирүү, зыян, таасир, чабуул, таасирлөө, качыруу, чабуул жасоо, кол салуу, асылууKyrgyz
- 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
- 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
- công kích, 攻撃Vietnamese
- tatak, tatakönVolapük
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