an attack

an attack of (some illness)

A sudden or acute onset of (an illness). I went to bed early last night after an attack of indigestion.
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*an attack

(of an illness) a bout of some sickness; an instance or acute case of some disease. (*Typically: have ~; produce ~; suffer ~.) Mr. Hodder had an attack of stomach upset that forced him to stay at home.
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He assumed, instantly, therefore, a belligerent tone; ordered the squaws to lead the horses to a small grove of ashen trees, and unload and tie them; and caused a great bustle to be made by his scanty handful; the leaders riding hither and thither, and vociferating with all their might, as if a numerous force was getting under way for an attack.
Hold yourself in readiness in case of an attack, but do not fire without my orders.
Still it was a ghastly sight, and one from which we were glad to escape; indeed, I never remember anything of the kind that affected me more than seeing those gallant soldiers thus put out of pain by the red-handed medicine men, except, indeed, on one occasion when, after an attack, I saw a force of Swazis burying their hopelessly wounded /alive/.
Thus adjured, after taking hasty counsel with Good and Sir Henry, I delivered my opinion briefly to the effect that, being trapped, our best chance, especially in view of the failure of our water supply, was to initiate an attack upon Twala's forces.
I beg of you, I beg of you," he repeated, "to occupy the position and prepare for an attack.
No one said anything definite, but the rumor of an attack spread through the squadron.
thought Rostov, feeling that at last the time had come to experience the joy of an attack of which he had so often heard from his fellow hussars.
vivax; occasionally an attack was associated with P.
As a result, Internal Network Defense technology should never rely on one detection methodology to determine if the traffic in question constitutes an attack.
An attack followed by a secondary one appears the same as a single assault until responders recognize that they have become the target.
Enterprises: It identifies security weaknesses, and helps ensure that real user traffic will get through while an attack is in progress, assuring business continuity.
es]([tau]) that leads to the same conclusion, D([tau]) indicates that the probabilities of detecting an attack within two exposed populations of different sizes, but with the same numbers of initially infected, are not identical.
Intrusion detection systems are not designed to prevent attacks or damage, only to alert administrators that there appears to be an attack taking place.