attack-n; 10 Senses

Sense Number 1: an offensive military battle

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+offense][+battle][+military]

The army's attack was planned for dawn.
The full frontal attack on the beach came as a surprise to the enemy.
Soldiers reported several attacks and skirmishes along the frontier.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an offense play in sports or game

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+offense][+play][+game]

They won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning.
It's one of the most famous attacks in the history of chess.
The opponents were able to ward off a 4th-quarter attack to win the game.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 3: intense criticism

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+speech_act][+criticism][+intense]

The president came under sharp attack from members of Congress for his foreign policy.
She has largely withdrawn from public life after the endless attacks from the press.
The author has answered his critics' attacks in a scathing essay this month.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 9

Sense Number 4: the execution of a method or strategy of problem solving

Commentary: ATTACK[+activity][+execution][+of_method][+of_problem_solving]

The young mathematician's attack of the famous problem was brilliant and wholly original.
John's plan of attack for reducing costs seemed naive to Bob.
The mayor claims his attack on crime in the city has been extremely successful.
The sheer attack of Jimi Hendrix's playing is legendary in the rock world. (Here it refers to the overall performance, method of execution, so it is not Sense 6)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: a personal assault

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+assault][+personal]

Small pets are subject to attack by these roaming nocturnal predators.
She warded off the mugger's attack with pepper spray.
The arson's attack destroyed several homes.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 6: the stylistic onset of a musical note

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+punctual][+onset][+stylistic][+of_note][+musical]

Critics say her attack of the high notes is somewhat diffident and underpowered.
The violinist displayed total command of his instrument in every attack, every diminuendo.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 7: sudden fit of illness

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+physiological][+condition][+sudden][+illness]

The baby had two attacks of diarrhea during the night.
The new medication has reduced Sally's asthma attacks.
John had an attack of nausea after eating the fried clams.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 8: a sudden mood or desire

Commentary: ATTACK[+event][+physiological][+condition][+sudden][+mood]

John keeps candy bars in the freezer for his late-night chocolate attacks.
The student froze during the beginning of her piano recital from an attack of nerves.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3b

Sense Number 9: physical process of destruction, corrosion

Commentary: ATTACK[+activity][+process][+physical][+destruction]

The hinge was weakened by an attack of rust.
The tissue is open to attack by fungus.
New England gardens show evidence of attack from a new insect pest from southeast asia.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 10: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)