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Ambush definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. A private or concealed station, where troops lie in wait to attack their enemy by surprise.
2. The state of lying concealed, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; a lying in wait.
3. The troops posted in a concealed place for attacking by surprise.
Lay thee an ambush for the city. Josh 8.
AM'BUSH, v.t. To lie in wait for; to surprise, by assailing unexpectedly from a concealed place.
AM'BUSH, v.i. To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise.
Nor saw the snake, that ambushed for his prey.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise [syn: ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait, trap] v
1: wait in hiding to attack [syn: ambush, scupper, bushwhack, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait]
2: hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing [syn: still-hunt, ambush]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English embushen, from Anglo-French embuscher, from en in (from Latin in) + busche log, firewood Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to station in ambush 2. to attack from an ambush ; waylay intransitive verb to lie in wait ; lurk ambusher noun ambushment noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a trap in which concealed persons lie in wait to attack by surprise 2. the persons stationed in ambush; also their concealed position 3. an attack especially from an ambush

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a surprise attack by persons (e.g. troops) in a concealed position. 2 a the concealment of troops etc. to make such an attack. b the place where they are concealed. c the troops etc. concealed. --v.tr. 1 attack by means of an ambush. 2 lie in wait for. Etymology: ME f. OF embusche, embuschier, f. a Rmc form = 'put in a wood': rel. to BUSH(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ambush 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ambush 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ambushes, ambushing, ambushed) 1. If a group of people ambush their enemies, they attack them after hiding and waiting for them. The Guatemalan army says rebels ambushed and killed 10 patrolmen. VERB: V n 2. An ambush is an attack on someone by people who have been hiding and waiting for them. A policeman has been shot dead in an ambush. N-VAR 3. If someone is lying in ambush, they are hiding and waiting for someone, usually to attack them. The gunmen, lying in ambush, opened fire, killing the driver. PHRASE: PHR after v

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Joshua at the capture of Ai lay in ambush, and so deceived the inhabitants that he gained an easy victory (Josh. 8:4-26). Shechem was taken in this manner (Judg. 9:30-45. Comp. Jer. 51:12).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

am'-boosh ('arabh, "to set an ambush"; ma'arabh, "an ambush"): A military stratagem in which a body of men are placed in concealment to surprise an enemy unawares, or to attack a point when temporarily undefended. This stratagem was employed successfully by Joshua at Ai (Jos 8). Jeremiah calls upon the Medes to "set up a standard against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes" (Jer 51:12).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. See ambuscade.

Moby Thesaurus

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