Definitions of assault

  1. To attack violently; storm, as by armed force; attack by moral force; attempt bodily injury to; attack, as a fortified position; by a sudden charge.
  2. To make an assault or attack upon.
  3. To make an assault upon by word or deed.
  4. To attack with violence; assail.
  5. attack someone physically or emotionally; " The mugger assaulted the woman"; " Nightmares assailed him regularly"
  6. attack verbally, in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  7. To attack with hostile intention; to fall on with violence; to storm; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures. Assault- at- arms.
  8. the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
  9. close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
  10. thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
  11. force ( someone) to have sex against their will; " The woman was raped on her way home at night"
  12. A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town.
  13. A violent onset or attack with moral weapons, as words, arguments, appeals, and the like; as, to make an assault on the prerogatives of a prince, or on the constitution of a government.
  14. An apparently violent attempt, or willful offer with force or violence, to do hurt to another; an attempt or offer to beat another, accompanied by a degree of violence, but without touching his person, as by lifting the fist, or a cane, in a threatening manner, or by striking at him, and missing him. If the blow aimed takes effect, it is a battery.
  15. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.
  16. A crime that occurs when one person tries to physically harm another in a way that makes the person under attack feel immediately threatened. Actual physical contact is not necessary; threatening gestures that would alarm any reasonable person can constitute an assault. Compare battery.
  17. A violent physical attack; an attack by military force; a violent attack by argument or hostile words; an attempt to do bodily injury to a other; the charge of an attacking party on a fortified position.
  18. A sudden attack: a storming, as of a town.
  19. A violent attack; a storming.
  20. Any attack; charge of troops.
  21. A violent, often sudden, attack; an attack by storm; an attack by hostile words or proceedings; an attempt or threat to beat or do bodily injury to another.
  22. A public exhibition of military exercises. See Assail.
  23. A violent attack, with the intention of injuring; a hostile attack.