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Definition of ASSAULT
a: a violent physical or verbal attack
b: a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces
c: a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
a: a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact — compare battery 1b