onfall (plural onfalls)

  1. A falling on or upon; an attack, onset, or assault.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Are we to have military onfall; and death also by starvation?
    • 1906, William Henry Fitchett, Wesley and his century: a study in spiritual forces:
      The onfall of the bishops had helped to wreck this possibility, [...]
    • 2004, James Legge, The Shih King:
      Along with your 'brethren, Get ready your scaling ladders, And your engines of onfall and assault, To attack the walls of Khung.
    • 2008, Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company:
      Six great land battles I count, with four upon the sea, and seven-and-fifty onfalls, skirmishes and bushments.
  2. A fall of rain or snow.
  3. The fall of the evening.

onfall (onfalls, present participle onfalling; past onfell, past participle onfallen)

  1. (transitive) To fall on or upon.
    • 1889, Harry Marshall Ward, Diseases of plants:
      [...] have been formed and ripened in large numbers, especially on the shaded ower sides of the leaves, the mycelium is practically exhausted, and as these processes are completed towards the end of the summer, the leaf so onfalls.
    • 1992, Edgar C. Polomé, Werner Winter, Reconstructing languages and cultures:
      'the temple caught fire from the onfallen lightning' [...]
    • 2008, V. V. Adushkin, Ivan Nemchinov, Catastrophic events caused by cosmic objects:
      Quasivertical and quasihorizontal faults filled with crushed rocks can substantially change the amplitude of a seismic wave behind the fault in comparison with the amplitude of an onfalling wave [...]
  2. (transitive) To assault.

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