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Assault

Definitions

  • An Assault on the Well-filled Corn Crib 191
    An Assault on the Well-filled Corn Crib 191
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assault attack in speech or writing "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    • v assault attack someone physically or emotionally "The mugger assaulted the woman","Nightmares assailed him regularly"
    • v assault force (someone) to have sex against their will "The woman was raped on her way home at night"
    • n assault a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
    • n assault the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will
    • n assault close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
    • n Assault thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apparently there's a law stating that if a Kurtatchi woman of the Soloman Islands unintentionally reveals her genitals, it can be expected and will be understood if any nearby man sexually assaults her.
    • Assault 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.
    • Assault 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. "The Spanish general prepared to renew the assault .""Unshaken bears the assault Of their most dreaded foe, the strong southwest."
    • Assault (Law) 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. "Practically, however, the word assault is used to include the battery."
    • Assault To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures; to assail; as, to assault a reputation or an administration. "Before the gates, the cries of babes newborn, . . . Assault his ears."
    • Assault To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces. "Insnared, assaulted, overcome, led bound."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Michael Myers, the villain of the Halloween movies, is named after a real person. When Assault on Precinct 13 performed better than expected in England, director John Carpenter decided to thank the English distributor by naming the main character of his next movie after him.
    • n assault An attack or violent onset with physical means; an onslaught; especially, a sudden and vigorous attack on a fortified post.
    • n assault Specifically In law, an unlawful attack upon the person of another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, coupled with present ability to effect it, but irrespective of whether the person is touched or not, as by lifting the fist or a cane in a threatening manner. If the person is struck, the act is called assault and battery. In Scotland this distinction is not regarded. Assaults are variously punished.
    • n assault An attack with other than physical force, as by means of legislative measures, by arguments, invective, appeals, etc.: as, an assault upon the constitution of government; an assault upon one's reputation.
    • assault To attack by physical means; fall upon with violence or with a hostile intention: as, to assault a man, a house, a town.
    • assault Specifically In law, to attempt or offer to do violence to another, with present ability to accomplish it. See assault, n., 2.
    • assault To attack with other than physical force; assail with arguments, complaints, hostile words, etc.
    • assault Synonyms Attack, Set upon, etc. (see assail); to storm. See attack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A 20 year old protester was arrested in Montana after he assaulted a congress women from Iowa with a salmon.
    • n Assault as-sawlt′ a sudden attack: a storming, as of a town:
    • v.t Assault to make an assault or attack upon:
    • n Assault as-sawlt′ (Eng. law) unlawful attempt to apply force to the person of another—when force is actually applied, the act amounts to battery: an attack of any sort by arguments, appeals, &c
    • v.t Assault (law) to make an assault
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
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    “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
  • John Maynard Keynes
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    “Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. asaut, assaut, OF. assaut, asalt, F. assaut, LL. assaltus,; L. ad, + saltus, a leaping, a springing, salire, to leap. See Assail

Usage

In literature:

Why didn't he push the assault?
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
He ordered Colonel Wallace to direct the assault.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Captain Holland on that occasion had assaulted it from the south.
"General Gordon" by Seton Churchill
He was assaulted by them, resisted, killed two and was himself slain.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
Thus inspired by military zeal and religious fanaticism, the Spaniards rushed upon the natives in a very impetuous assault.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
An assault upon him had nearly ruined both his health and his reason.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
Encouraged by the unexpected successes of the night, the Japanese commander gave the order for a final grand assault.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Belgian infantry withstood the assault, and counterattacked.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
This the French now took by assault, but could get no farther.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Trebizond fell April 18, 1916, the Russian fleet cooperating in a grand assault.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Still she returned to the assault.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
An hour later the Germans renewed the assault and again failed.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The case was an assault and battery that came off between two men named Brown and Henderson.
"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;" by Various
All were called in from their work, the guns were loaded, and every possible preparation was made to repel the anticipated assault.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
After one sanguinary assault, the king became convinced that he had not with him sufficient force to carry the city.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
On and on, nearer and nearer, came the assaulting column, charging straight for Randol's battery.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
The eleventh of April, 1861, revealed the real intention of the Southern people in their dastardly assault upon Fort Sumter.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
They frequently manifest unbounded rage and assault those present, entirely forgetting the stolen objects.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
During the assault the French lost 700 and the Americans 240 killed.
"The History of the First West India Regiment" by A. B. Ellis
And the nine were upon the defensive; the seven had to undertake the task of an assault.
"Waterloo" by Hilaire Belloc
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In poetry:

Could the stoutest overcome
Death's assault, and baffle Doom,
Hercules had both withstood
Undiseas'd by Nessus' blood.
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
When thy assaulting foes appear'd,
In robes of terror clad,
Jehovah-Nissi then was rear'd,
Thy Husband's banner spread.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Though num'rous and assaulting foes
Thy joyful peace may mar:
And thou a thousand battles lose,
Thy Husband wins the war.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
He sees the churchyard slabs beyond,
Where country neighbours lie,
Their brief renown set lowly down;
His name assaults the sky.
"The General Elliott" by Robert Graves
In this tower by mad winds assaulted,
Sat ever Tamara, the Queen--
A heavenly angel of beauty,
With a spirit of hell's own demesne.
"Tamara" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
Thus they, who in the Lord confide,
Though foes assault on every side;
Cannot he moved or overthrown,
For Jesus makes their cause his own.
"The Death Of Stephen" by John Newton

In news:

Stop the assault on unions.
A Harlingen woman was arrested Friday night after she severely assaulted her common-law husband.
Bounty hunter charged with sex assault, impersonation.
A bounty hunter in New Jersey is charged with sexual assault while pretending to be a police officer.
A Canton Township man was sent to trial Friday on assault charges stemming from a Sept - 11:49 pm.
Raoul Wuthrich had just turned eleven in the Jefferson County juvenile detention center, where he'd been placed for sexually assaulting his five-year-old sister, but now he was free to go.
This capture from a surveillance video shows gang of attackers assaulting man in the.
Ted Currie, 20, of Huntington Beach, was in a coma for four days following an assault on Sept 30 outside of Skyhi Clothing Co.
Ted Currie, 20, of Huntington Beach was in a coma for four days following an assault on Sept 30 outside of Skyhi Clothing Co.
Seamands, right, shakes hands with his lawyer, Loren Oakley of the Clallam County Public Defender's Office, after he was found not guilty of second-degree assault.
Wilmington police have arrested 3 teenage girls for two assaults at Brandywine Park last week.
LONDON, England, August 31 ANOTHER day, another assault on the world records at the 2012 Paralympics, including scintillating performances by Jessica Long and Andre Brasil .
Army Brigadier General Faces Sexual Assault Charges.
Kaleb Mayo, convicted of assault counts, spots a news photographer in the courtroom Friday.
A man arrested for assaulting his brother.
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In science:

Of course, this can be achieved by a direct assault using calculus (e.g. concavity is useful).
Hamilton cycles in 3-out
The Cosmological Argument came under serious assault in the eighteenth century, first by David Hume and then by Immanu el Kant.
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument
UCT for tactical assault planning in real-time strategy games.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
The sense of a systematic assault on the weak-field predictions of GR has been supplanted to some extent by an opportunistic approach in which novel and unexpected (and sometimes inexpensive) tests of gravity have arisen from new theoretical ideas or experimental techniques, often from unlikely sources.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
As pointed out in an excellent review at this Workshop, charm physics, aside from its own merits, acts as a staging area both experimentally and theoretically for the assault on B physics.
Workshop Summary
Given experiences at CERN and Fermilab, a broadly based assault on physics beyond the SM may well still be best probed with “general purpose” (GP ) detectors (although a need for specialized devices may indeed grow out of the physics results from the LHC).
Physics at Future Hadron Colliders
The sense of a systematic assault on the weak-field predictions of GR has been supplanted to some extent by an opportunistic approach in which novel and unexpected (and sometimes inexpensive) tests of gravity have arisen from new theoretical ideas or experimental techniques, often from unlikely sources.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
Hard to say that 1 ± 0.02 is not satisfactory agreement, and time perhaps for another assault on the astrometric orbit, to make sure it too still agrees.
Astrophysics in 2006
From time to time there is an assault on the Chandrasekhar mass.
Astrophysics in 2006
He was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder, 14 counts of first-degree assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Loebner’s largesse be? The goal of furthering the scientific understanding of complex human behavior is no less laudable now than it was before the competition, but clearly, a direct assault on a valid test of intelligent behavior is out of the question for a long time; even the prize committee well appreciates that.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
One flagship NSF-funded curriculum of the 1950s, PSSC Physics,18 was designed for a comprehensive assault: filmstrips, textbooks, readings, and workshops would together overcome student ignorance and educational conservatism.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
In fact, no insight has ever been gained by frontal assault.
Two Dimensional String Theory And Black Holes
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