American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ambush.
- v. To attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place; ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lying in wait and concealment for the purpose of attacking by surprise; an ambush.
- n. A secret station in which troops lie concealed with a view to attacking suddenly and by surprise; an ambush.
- n. A body of troops lying in ambush.
- To attack from a concealed position.
- To lie in ambush: as, “ambuscading ways,”
- n. dated An ambush; a trap laid for an enemy.
- v. dated To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise. Hence: A lying in wait, and concealed in any situation, for a like purpose; a snare laid for an enemy; an ambush.
- n. rare A place in which troops lie hid, to attack an enemy unexpectedly.
- n. (Mil.) The body of troops lying in ambush.
- v. To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush.
- v. To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.
- v. To lie in ambush.
- n. the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
- v. wait in hiding to attack
- French embuscade, from Italian imboscata, or Spanish emboscada, from emboscar ("to ambush"), from Late Latin imboscare, from Frankish *boscu, *busk (“bush”), from Proto-Germanic *busk- (“bush, heavy stick”). More at bush. (Wiktionary)
- French embuscade (from Old French embuschier, to ambush) and Old Italian imboscata (from feminine past participle of imboscare, to ambush), both from Frankish *boscu, bush, woods. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Wherefore, then, did he steal in ambuscade into my palace, but to betray either my honor or my life, – perhaps both!”
“The Amalekites and Canaanites, who had been lying in ambuscade expecting their movement, rushed down upon them from the heights and became the instruments of punishing their guilty rebellion.”
“Lord Beaufort surprised them by a clever ambuscade from the stable wall; he told Mary he had been quite mistaken and wrong in what he had asserted, and he was sorry that she had overheard it.”
“Mr Campion shuddered to think of the kind of ambuscade Uncle William might have arranged had he ever conceived the idea of such a method of shelving the suspicion against him.”
“He had another encounter with the wild-dog, who treacherously attacked him in flank from ambuscade.”
“When a few weeks later it was reported in the papers that Wilcox had been shot at from an ambuscade, it was an open secret that McMurdo was still at work upon his unfinished job.”
“They were going down the path, directly beneath the ambuscade!”
“It was a troubled time, with the world upside down, and we scratching with our fingernails to hold the Ruskis back by foray and ambuscade; in such disorders, anything is possible, even a woman fighting-chief.”
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“But hand me that great-coat, Captain, and we will place the instruments in ambuscade, until they are called into action in due time.”
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