What does ambush mean?

Definitions for ambush
ˈæm bʊʃam·bush

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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


  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

  7. Origin: [OE. enbussen, enbushen, OF. embushier, embuissier, F. embcher, embusquer, fr. LL. imboscare; in + LL. boscus, buscus, a wood; akin to G. bush, E. bush. See Ambuscade, Bush.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ambush

    am′boosh, n. and v. same meanings as Ambuscade.—n. Am′bushment (B.), ambush. [O. Fr. embusche (mod. embûche), embuscher, Low L. emboscārein-, in, and boscus, a bush.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambush in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ambush in a Sentence

  1. Jerryl Christmas:

    Clearly this was not a police ambush and police were never the target.

  2. Samantha Brown:

    There are hooks, like having to leave right now, but it's not just an ambush show.

  3. David Kenner:

    I think the facts may turn out to show that Mr. Knight was the subject of a full-on ambush.

  4. Felix Basse:

    The ambush took place today, this afternoon ... The death toll is two and we have a couple of injured.

  5. Robert Hutchins:

    The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

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