Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ambush.
  • transitive verb To attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place; ambush.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To attack from a concealed position.
  • To lie in ambush: as, “ambuscading ways,”
  • noun A lying in wait and concealment for the purpose of attacking by surprise; an ambush.
  • noun A secret station in which troops lie concealed with a view to attacking suddenly and by surprise; an ambush.
  • noun A body of troops lying in ambush.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun rare A place in which troops lie hid, to attack an enemy unexpectedly.
  • noun (Mil.) The body of troops lying in ambush.
  • transitive verb To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush.
  • transitive verb To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.
  • intransitive verb To lie in ambush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated An ambush; a trap laid for an enemy.
  • verb dated To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  • verb wait in hiding to attack

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • Wherefore, then, did he steal in ambuscade into my palace, but to betray either my honor or my life, – perhaps both!

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • 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.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • 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.

    The Semi-Attached Couple

  • 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.

    Police at the Funeral

  • 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.

    Police at the Funeral

  • He had another encounter with the wild-dog, who treacherously attacked him in flank from ambuscade.

    CHAPTER III

  • They were going down the path, directly beneath the ambuscade!

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna

  • 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.

    The Sky Writer

  • 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.

    Chennai

  • If you are still reading this and have not clicked over to Blogger #2145's latest Sarah Palin ambuscade, you may suspect this blog falls within the parameters of The Most Fascinating Person I Have Known or A Teacher Who Changed My Life and you would be right on both counts.

    Spencer Green: A True American Idol

Comments

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  • Just a so-much-cooler way to say 'ambush'.

    August 18, 2008

  • from Carlyle's "Sartor Resartus"

    January 11, 2009