In audio terms, this is the period of time a waveform or envelope takes to reach it's peak. For instance, after a string is plucked, the attack is the period of time from the initial striking of the string until the string reaches it's peak loudness. See also attack transient and ADSR.

Attack is the forward position played in lacrosse. A regular lacrosse team fields three attackman that are required to stay ahead of the center line. Attacks generally form plays to funnel the ball to the net, reminiscent of hockey, though they generally utilize the behind-the-net area much more regularly.

Attackers are characterized by strong sprinting, cradling, and shooting skills. They must keep a strong awareness of defenders, the hole (the area in front of the goal), and lanes for cutting or dodging. Great lacrosse attackers include Casey Powell, Edouard "Newsy" Lalonde, and James Peterson.

At*tack" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attacked (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Attacking.] [F. attaquer, orig. another form of attacher to attack: cf. It. attacare to fasten, attack. See Attach, Tack a small nail.]

1.

To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.

"Attack their lines."

Dryden.

2.

To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.

3.

To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.

4.

To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.

On the fourth of March he was attacked by fever. Macaulay.

Hydrofluoric acid . . . attacks the glass. B. Stewart.

Syn. -- To Attack, Assail, Assault, Invade. These words all denote a violent onset; attack being the generic term, and the others specific forms of attack. To attack is to commence the onset; to assail is to make a sudden and violent attack, or to make repeated attacks; to assault (literally, to leap upon) is to attack physically by a had-to-hand approach or by unlawful and insulting violence; to invade is to enter by force on what belongs to another. Thus, a person may attack by offering violence of any kind; he may assail by means of missile weapons; he may assault by direct personal violence; a king may invade by marching an army into a country. Figuratively, we may say, men attack with argument or satire; they assail with abuse or reproaches; they may be assaulted by severe temptations; the rights of the people may be invaded by the encroachments of the crown.

 

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At*tack", v. i.

To make an onset or attack.

 

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At*tack", n. [Cf. F. attaque.]

1.

The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; -- opposed to defense.

2.

An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.

3.

A setting to work upon some task, etc.

4.

An access of disease; a fit of sickness.

5.

The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.

 

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