Definitions for Ambushˈæm bʊʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

am•bushˈæm bʊʃ(n.)

  1. an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise:

    The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.

  2. an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.

  3. the concealed position itself:

    They fired from ambush.

  4. those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.

  5. (v.t.)to attack from ambush.

  6. (v.i.)to lie in ambush.

Origin of ambush:

1250–1300; ME enbuss(h)en < MF embuschier lit., to set in the woods 蠐 VL *busca wood, forest


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambush, ambuscade, lying in wait, trap(verb)

    the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

  2. ambush, scupper, bushwhack, waylay, lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait(verb)

    wait in hiding to attack

  3. still-hunt, ambush(verb)

    hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ambush(verb)ˈæm bʊʃ

    to attack sb from a hidden place

    The soldiers were ambushed and killed.; a deadly ambush


  1. ambush(Noun)

    The act of concealing oneself and lying in wait to attack by surprise.

  2. ambush(Noun)

    An attack launched from a concealed position.

  3. ambush(Verb)

    To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.

  4. ambush(Verb)

    To attack by ambush; to waylay.

  5. Origin: From embusche (noun), embushier, embuissier (verb), from em- + boscus, of origin, from *, from busk-. Compare ambuscade. The change to am- from earlier forms in en- is unexplained. More at bush.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambush(verb)

    a disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare

  2. Ambush(verb)

    a concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise

  3. Ambush(verb)

    the troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait

  4. Ambush(verb)

    to station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy

  5. Ambush(verb)

    to attack by ambush; to waylay

  6. Ambush(verb)

    to lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk


  1. Ambush

    An ambush is a long-established military tactic, in which the aggressors take advantage of concealment and the element of surprise to attack an unsuspecting enemy from concealed positions, such as among dense underbrush or behind hilltops. Ambushes have been used consistently throughout history, from ancient to modern warfare.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an attack made in this way.

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