What does onset mean?

Definitions for onsetˈɒnˌsɛt, ˈɔn-

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

Princeton's WordNet

  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"


  1. Onset(n.)

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

  2. Origin: [On + set.]


  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.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Onset

    on′set, n. violent attack: assault: storming. [On and set.]

Anagrams for onset »

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

  2. Set on


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of onset in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of onset in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emmanuela Gakidou:

    The concern in children would be early onset of diabetes.

  2. Nicholas Anderson:

    It's okay to lose but not to get beaten by yourself from the onset.

  3. Suvarna Alladi:

    One study in Toronto demonstrated that people who could speak two languages had later onset dementia.

  4. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi:

    The common-sense move is exactly what we've been stating from the onset, that ICE should have deported San Francisco sheriff.

  5. Russell Foster:

    What it probably will do is increase levels of alertness and therefore delay sleep onset ... it's a good rule of thumb to reduce light exposure.

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