Definitions for: Ambush


[n] the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
[v] wait in hiding to attack
[v] hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing



Webster (1913) Definition: Am"bush, n. [F. emb[^u]che, fr. the verb. See Ambush,
v. t.]
1. A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an
enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen
peril; a device to entrap; a snare.

Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or siege Or
ambush from the deep. --Milton.

2. A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait
to attack by surprise.

Bold in close ambush, base in open field. --Dryden.

3. The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by
surprise; liers in wait. [Obs.]

The ambush arose quickly out of their place. --Josh.
viii. 19.

To lay an ambush, to post a force in ambush.


Am"bush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ambushed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Ambushing.] [OE. enbussen, enbushen, OF. embushier,
embuissier, F. emb[^u]cher, embusquer, fr. LL. imboscare; in
+ LL. boscus, buscus, a wood; akin to G. bush, E. bush. See
Ambuscade, Bu?h.]
1. To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.

By ambushed men behind their temple ?ai?, We have
the king of Mexico betrayed. --Dryden.

2. To attack by ambush; to waylay.


Am"bush, v. i.
To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to
lurk.

Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey.
--Trumbull.

Synonyms: ambuscade, ambuscade, bushwhack, lie in wait, lurk, lying in wait, scupper, still-hunt, trap, waylay

See Also: coup de main, dry-gulching, hunt, hunt down, run, surprise attack, track down, wait

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