assault: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-sôlt'), [key]
— n.
  1. a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
  2. 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.
  3. the stage of close combat in an attack.
  4. rape.
  1. to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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