Ambush

Definition of Ambush

Am´bush   Pronunciation: ăm´bŎsh
n.1.A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare.
Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or siege
Or ambush from the deep.
- Milton.
2.A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise.
Bold in close ambush, base in open field.
- Dryden.
3.The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait.
The ambush arose quickly out of their place.
- Josh. viii. 19.
To lay an ambush
to post a force in ambush.
v. t.1.To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.
[imp. & p. p. Ambushed (ăm"bŎshd); p. pr. & vb. n. Ambushing.]
By ambushed men behind their temple laid,
We have the king of Mexico betrayed.
- Dryden.
2.To attack by ambush; to waylay.
v. i.1.To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk.
Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey.
- Trumbull.

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