Whoever makes any gesture, or any preparation intending or knowing it to be likely that such gesture or preparation will cause any person present to apprehend that he who makes that gesture or preparation is about to use criminal force to that person,is said to commit an assault.

Simply Put

An assault is (a) an attempt unlawfully to apply any of the least actual force to the person of another directly or indirectly; (b) the act of using a gesture towards another, giving him reasonable grounds to believe that the person using that gesture meant to apply such actual force to his person as aforesaid; (c) the act of depriving another of his liberty, in either case, without the consent of the person assaulted, or with such consent if it is obtained by fraud.

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