from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ambush.
- transitive v. To attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place; ambush. See Synonyms at ambush.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ambush; a trap laid for an enemy.
- v. To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise. Hence: A lying in wait, and concealed in any situation, for a like purpose; a snare laid for an enemy; an ambush.
- n. A place in which troops lie hid, to attack an enemy unexpectedly.
- n. The body of troops lying in ambush.
- transitive v. To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush.
- transitive v. To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.
- intransitive v. To lie in ambush.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lying in wait and concealment for the purpose of attacking by surprise; an ambush.
- n. A secret station in which troops lie concealed with a view to attacking suddenly and by surprise; an ambush.
- n. A body of troops lying in ambush.
- To attack from a concealed position.
- To lie in ambush: as, “ambuscading ways,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
- v. wait in hiding to attack
French embuscade (from Old French embuschier, to ambush) and Old Italian imboscata (from feminine past participle of imboscare, to ambush), both from Frankish *boscu, bush, woods.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French embuscade, from Italian imboscata, or Spanish emboscada, from emboscar ("to ambush"), from Late Latin imboscare, from Frankish *boscu, *busk (“bush”), from Proto-Germanic *busk- (“bush, heavy stick”). More at bush. (Wiktionary)