What does the word onslaught mean?

Usage examples for onslaught

  1. 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
  2. The only doubtful point with me is whether the seamen would have ever ventured on the second onslaught; I half believe they would not; still the illusion of numbers and the authority of Hoseason would perhaps stretch far enough to justify the extremity. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  3. " Now I've got yer, then," he cried, with a malicious grin, and, rushing at me, I had only time to evade the first onslaught by running round the frames, when a hot chase ensued, ending in my being brought to bay, and receiving blow after blow from my stronger antagonist. – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn