• An attack; an assault especially of an army.
  • The initial phase of a disease or condition, in which symptoms first become apparent.
  • The initial portion of a syllable, preceding the syllable nucleus.
  • The beginning of a musical note or other sound, in which the amplitude rises from zero to an initial peak.
  • A setting about; a beginning.
  • Anything added, such as an ornament or as a useful appendage.



  • From on- + set. Compare Old English onsettan ("to impose; oppress, bear down").

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