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Meaning of AMBUSH

Pronunciation:  'ambûsh

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  2. [v]  wait in hiding to attack
  3. [v]  hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing

AMBUSH is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ambuscade, ambuscade, bushwhack, lie in wait, lurk, lying in wait, scupper, still-hunt, trap, waylay
 See Also: coup de main, dry-gulching, hunt, hunt down, run, surprise attack, track down, wait



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Am"bush\, n. [F. emb[^u]che, fr. the verb. See {Ambush},
    v. t.]
    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. [Obs.]
             The ambush arose quickly out of their place. --Josh.
                                                   viii. 19.
    {To lay an ambush}, to post a force in ambush.
  2. \Am"bush\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ambushed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Ambushing}.] [OE. enbussen, enbushen, OF. embushier,
    embuissier, F. emb[^u]cher, embusquer, fr. LL. imboscare; in
    + LL. boscus, buscus, a wood; akin to G. bush, E. bush. See
    {Ambuscade}, {Bu?h}.]
    1. To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.
             By ambushed men behind their temple ?ai?, We have
             the king of Mexico betrayed.          --Dryden.
    2. To attack by ambush; to waylay.
  3. \Am"bush\, v. i.
    To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to
          Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey.
Computing Dictionary

A language for linear programming problems in a materials processing and transportation network.

["AMBUSH - An Advanced Model Builder for Linear Programming", T.R. White et al, National Petroleum Refiners Assoc Comp Conf (Nov 1971)].

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of an ambush is a clear indication of danger. You might be unaware of some danger threatening your well being and unexpectedly standing in your way and impeding you from reaching your goals.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Joshua at the capture of Ai lay in ambush, and so deceived the inhabitants that he gained an easy victory (Josh. 8:4-26). Shechem was taken in this manner (Judg. 9:30-45. Comp. Jer. 51:12).

Thesaurus Terms
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