verb (used with object)
- assassin bug,
- assassin fly,
- assateague island,
- assault and battery,
- assault boat,
- assault course,
- assault jacket,
- assault rifle
Origin of assault
Examples from the Web for assault
Luckily, Tor was prepared for this sort of assault, and has built-in defenses to protect against it.
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.
For them, the trauma of assault can be compounded by a lack of institutional support, and even disciplinary action.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bill Cosby is facing allegations of assault and sexual misconduct by many women.
Although Korra looks at PTSD and assault with supernatural grandiosity, fans were quick to pick up on it in some forums.
I knew Brunow a great deal too well to think him likely to assault me after having put me on my guard by a threat.In Direst Peril|David Christie Murray
In his ears there sounded surely the cries of Paris, urging him to the assault to the barricades of Fame.A Spirit in Prison|Robert Hichens
Three times they mounted to the assault, here through the breach, yonder by means of their scaling ladders.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
But on the 2nd of October the fortress, which had been heroically defended, was taken by assault.
The assault by sixteen thousand men in 1351 was stoutly opposed, and collapsed suddenly by proffers of peace.The Story of Switzerland|Lina Hug
- the culmination of a military attack, in which fighting takes place at close quarters
- (as modifier)assault troops
Word Origin for assault
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.