• WordNet 3.6
    • n onslaught (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons) "the attack began at dawn"
    • n onslaught the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written) "a barrage of questions","a bombardment of mail complaining about his mistake"
    • n onslaught a sudden and severe onset of trouble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Onslaught A bloody fray or battle.
    • Onslaught An attack; an onset; esp., a furious or murderous attack or assault. "By storm and onslaught to proceed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n onslaught Attack; onset; aggression; assault; an inroad; an incursion; a bloody attack.
    • n onslaught Synonyms Assault, etc. See onset.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Onslaught on′slawt an attack or onset: assault.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. on, on + slaught, slaht, slaughter. See Slaughter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. on, on, sleaht, a stroke.


In literature:

What an astonishing onslaught that had been!
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Before anybody answered, there came another onslaught, and in burst the same girls, carrying a great iron beach-kettle filled with water.
"A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others" by F. Hopkinson Smith
But fears of a French onslaught on the southern Netherlands still caused timorous counsels to prevail.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
Christianity must become united and strong at its centre, if it is to withstand this onslaught.
"Painted Windows" by Harold Begbie
Hegel, born in the same year as Beethoven and Wordsworth (1770), is sure that nothing can resist the onslaught of man's spirit.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
The onslaught was so fierce and irresistible that it became a necessity not only to listen but to act.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
Ludeger had seen the capture of his brother and met the onslaught that Siegfried soon made upon him.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Without waiting to get my gloves from my bag in the car, I fell to and began a determined onslaught.
"Over Paradise Ridge" by Maria Thompson Daviess
They fought till the heavens and the earth shook with their onslaughts.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
Indeed, they beat upon his consciousness until he blanched and quivered beneath their onslaught.
"A Little Book for Christmas" by Cyrus Townsend Brady

In poetry:

The highest point it loves to gain;
And neither bar nor lock
Its fiery onslaught can restrain;
And arms—invite its shock.
"Parables And Riddles" by Friedrich von Schiller
The war whose waves of onslaught, met
Where night's abysses storm afar,
Break on the high, tremendous bar
Athwart that central ocean set—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Where were thy vaunted princes, that of old
Trod thee with thunder--of thy saints was none
To rouse thee when the onslaught was begun,
That shook the tinseled sceptre from thy hold?
"India" by Gabriele D Annunzio
Bravely we battled against that court enchanted,
Full four times fifty heroes fell by me:
He, by their savage onslaught nothing daunted,
Slew ox-like monsters clambering from the sea.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Riddled am I by onslaughts and attacks
I thought I could forestall;
I reared and braced myself to shelter them
Before I heard them call.
I cry them, God, a better shield!
I am about to fall.
"Mater In Extremis" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
Then Kerr's men rushed in sword in hand,
Oh! what a fearful onslaught, the mutineers couldn't it withstand,
And Kerr's men with straw set the place on fire,
And at last the rebels were forced to retire.
"The Hero of Kalapore" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

'The Hobbit,' James Bond , 'The Twilight Saga': Anyone else tired of the onslaught of franchise movies.
The onslaught of classes, clubs, career prep, social events, and new classmates comes fast, and it's up to you to learn how to manage them all.
Discussing the onslaught of college hoops TV news is both depressing and exciting.
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank pulled all his starters at one point during the Magic 's onslaught and when they couldn't stop it, he subbed for some of them.
Local bakeries spent the day getting ready for the onslaught of Paczki fans.
SHARING ALL OVA Maria Sharapova's candy venture continues its onslaught with a nonviolent takeover of Texas, now planted firmly in Dallas Central Market.
The Boise Airport exceeded the requirements necessary to qualify for the designation, which is given to communities that are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather, according to the NWS .
The floor of the New York Stock Exchange was empty of traders Monday, as New York's financial district braced for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.
Nonprofit urges schools to ban Channel One newscast over onslaught of commercials.
'All companies related to the oil industry in the Niger Delta should prepare for an all-out onslaught,' said rebel spokesman Jomo Gbomo in a statement Saturday announcing an end to a three-month-old cease-fire.
Pet stores brace for 'Nemo' onslaught .
' Onslaught ' of new Battle of Hanover lore.
Jigga's Don Draper: The Man Behind the Advertising Onslaught for Jay-Z's Memoir.
Regulatory Onslaught Just Won't Let Up.
It's been almost four years since the original release of their debut album The Onslaught and they've definitely matured and taken their sound in a little groovier and more accessible direction.

In science:

The onslaught of insulating state occurs when there are insufficient numbers of bare carbon atoms to form connecting channels.
A Systematic Study of Electronic Structure from Graphene to Graphane
Introduction.—The standard model of particles and fields (SM) has shown tremendous vitality under an onslaught of new TeV-scale data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Testing Parity with Atomic Radiative Capture of $\mu^-$
This family of models has not only survived the onslaught of negative LHC data, but has unambiguously demonstrated the ability to handily produce a 125 GeV Higgs boson while efficiently explaining emergent low-statistics positive excesses above Standard Model (SM) expectations in the elusive SUSY hunt.
Testing No-Scale F-SU(5): A 125 GeV Higgs Boson and SUSY at the 8 TeV LHC
On the other hand, it is unlikely that every newly-observed state will survive an onslaught of new data.
CHARM 2010: Experiment Summary and Future Charm Facilities
We await the coming onslaught of data from experiments measuring the microwave sky from the ground, from balloons and from space.
Computing challenges of the Cosmic Microwave Background