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

Wiktionary

  1. ambush(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. ambush(Noun)

    An attack launched from a concealed position.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. ambush(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. ambush(Verb)

    To attack by ambush; to waylay.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Ambush(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Ambush(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Ambush(verb)

    to station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Ambush(verb)

    to attack by ambush; to waylay

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Ambush(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ambush

    Signifies an attempt to lie in concealment for the purpose of surprising the enemy without his perceiving the intention until he is attacked.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ambush

    A place of concealment where an enemy may be surprised by a sudden attack.

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Numerology

  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. Bharavi:

    The undertaking of a careless man succeeds not, though he use the right expedients: a clever hunter, though well placed in ambush, kills not his quarry if he falls asleep.

  2. John Kerry:

    No, you don't, Mr. The President, you will never know what it is like to be in a foxhole or be in the front lines, be in an ambush, to be shot at, see your best friend killed in war, and I object to that.

  3. John Boehner:

    The NLRB's ambush election rule is an assault on the rights and privacy protections of American workers, with his veto, the president has once again put the interests of his political allies ahead of the small-business owners and hardworking Americans who create jobs and build a stronger economy.

  4. 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.

  5. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez:

    In a cold-blooded manner, ambush style,( he) shot Deputy Dhaliwal from behind.

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