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definition of the word onset

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\On"set`\

Singular
onset

Plural
onsets

onset (plural onsets)

  1. A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.
  2. (medicine) The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.
  3. (phonology) The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.
  4. (acoustics) The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.
  5. (obsolete) A setting about; a beginning.
  6. (obsolete) Anything set on, or added, as an ornament or as a useful appendage.

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