a sudden, violent attack; onslaught:
an assault on tradition.
Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
Military. the stage of close combat in an attack.
to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
Even now, as millions sympathize with his ordeal, we barely know the names of the men who assaulted him, or why they did it.
Violence on Everest Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan May 1, 2013
Americans by contrast are assaulted at every turn by ludicrous portions and fatty, sugary processed concoctions.
Mothers, Daughters, Food Lee Aitken March 4, 2009
Chloe was assaulted several years ago, when she was 18, by her then boyfriend during one of his booze- and Adderall-fueled binges.
Chris Brown Doesn’t Deserve Forgiveness for Beating Rihanna Marlow Stern February 14, 2012
In one of his last TV appearances, Coleman appeared on Inside Edition to respond to charges that he assaulted his wife.
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Those victims, who ranged in age from 17 to 43, were assaulted in their homes and cars.
LAPD Launches Manhunt for Prolific Serial ‘Teardrop Rapist’ Christine Pelisek April 24, 2012
She even smiled when the others laughed at the ridiculous stories with which the children had assaulted her imagination.
Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
He led his men out of the trenches; he assaulted the bastion at the head of his brigade.
White Lies Charles Reade
She was beginning to inform me of all their distresses, when our ears were assaulted by an alarm-bell!
Munster Village Mary Hamilton
On the 8th, Taylor assaulted the superior force confronting him.
A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year Edwin Emerson
Whether it was he also who assaulted the poor woman we are not informed.
Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
a violent attack, either physical or verbal
(law) an intentional or reckless act that causes another person to expect to be subjected to immediate and unlawful violence Compare battery (sense 4), assault and battery
the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
(as modifier): assault troops
rape or attempted rape
to make an assault upon
to rape or attempt to rape
late 14c., earlier asaut (c.1200), from Old French asaut, assaut “an attack, an assault, attacking forces” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *adsaltus “attack, assault,” from ad “to” (see ad-) + Latin saltus “a leap,” from salire “to leap, spring” (see assail). In law by 1580s; historically, assault includes menacing words or actions; battery is an actual blow.
early 15c., from Middle French asauter, assauter, from Vulgar Latin *assaltare (see assault (n.)). Related: Assaulted; assaulting.
a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition. Law. an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner. Military. the stage of close combat in an attack. 1 . to make an assault […]
tending or seeming to ; physically aggressive: the assaultive behavior of the inmates; the assaultive manner of some rock bands. Historical Examples I did not say that he had assaultive or homicidal potential. Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
to examine or analyze: to assay a situation; to assay an event. Metallurgy. to analyze (an ore, alloy, etc.) in order to determine the quantity of gold, silver, or other metal in it. Pharmacology. to subject (a drug) to an analysis for the determination of its potency or composition. to judge the quality of; assess; […]
- Assay cup
a small wine cup for tasting wine to be offered to another person.
- Assay groove
(in silverwork) a furrow left in a piece by the digging out of metal for assay.