Used in an attack; SYN. attack.
ETYM Old Eng. asaut, assaut, Old Fren. assaut, asalt, French assaut, Late Lat. assaltus; Latin ad + saltus a leaping, a springing, salire to leap. Related to Assail.
Close fighting during the culmination of a military attack.
1. To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men.
2. To attack with moral means, or with a view of producing moral effects; to attack by words, arguments, or unfriendly measures.