assault (

     adj : used in an attack; "assault weapons", "attack planes" [syn:
           assault(a), attack(a)]
     n 1: close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
     2: a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who
        appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped
     3: the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse
        against her will [syn: rape, violation, ravishment,
        sexual assault]
     v 1: attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger
          assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him
          regularly" [syn: assail, set on, attack]
     2: attack verbally, in speech or writing; "The editors of the
        left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: attack,
         round, assail, lash out, snipe]