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  1. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army. --w:John Milton, Milton.
The and retire Of both your armies. --Shak.
Who on that day the word of gave. --w:Wordsworth, Wordsworth
  1. (obsolete) A setting about; a beginning --Shak.
There is surely no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things. --w:List_of_people_named_Bacon, Bacon.
  1. (obsolete) Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage. --w:Samuel_Johnson, Johnson.
    verb (onsets, onsetting, onset)
    1. (obsolete) To assault; to set upon.
    2. (obsolete) To set about; to begin. --w:Carew, Carew.

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