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Meaning of onset by Wiktionary Dictionary

onset


    Etymology

    From on- +‎ set. Compare Old English onsettan ( “to impose; oppress, bear down” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( ? ) SAMPA: /Qn"sEt/
    • ( ? ) IPA: /ˈɔnˌsɛt/

    Noun

    onset ( plural: onsets )

    1. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.
    2. ( medicine ) The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent .
    3. ( phonology ) The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus .
    4. ( acoustics ) The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak .
    5. ( obsolete ) A setting about; a beginning.
    6. ( obsolete ) Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage .

    Verb

    onset ( third-person singular simple present onsets present participle onsetting, simple past and past participle onset )

    1. ( obsolete ) To assault; to set upon .
    2. ( obsolete ) To set about; to begin .

    Anagrams

    • notes, set on, seton, SONET, steno, stone, tones


Explanation of onset by Wordnet Dictionary

onset


    Noun
    1. an offensive against an enemy ( using weapons )

    2. the beginning or early stages

    3. the onset of pneumonia


    Definition of onset by GCIDE Dictionary

    onset


    1. Onset n. [On + set.]
      1. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army. Milton.

      The onset and retire

      Of both your armies. Shak.

      Who on that day the word of onset gave. Wordsworth.

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

      There is surely no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things. Bacon.

      3. Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage. [Obs.] Johnson.

    2. Onset, v. t.
      1. To assault; to set upon. [Obs.]

      2. To set about; to begin. [Obs.] Carew.