- An ambush is defined as a surprise attack by someone, or something that was hidden.
An example of an ambush is an unexpected military raid of a house.
- The definition of an ambush is an area in which someone hid before attacking someone.
An example of an ambush is a trench in which soldiers are concealed before attacking.
- Ambush means to attack by surprise.
An example of ambush is when soldiers from a Navy boat secretly empty onto a beach in the middle of the night in order to attack.
- a deployment of persons in hiding to make a surprise attack
- the persons in hiding
- their place of hiding
- the act of so lying in wait to attack
- a surprise attack made by persons waiting in ambush
Origin of ambushOld French embusche ; from embuschier: see ambushthe
- to hide in ambush
- to attack from ambush
Origin of ambushME embusshen < OFr embuschier, to lay an ambush < ML *imboscare < in-, in- + boscus, woods < Frank busk, akin to bush
- A sudden attack made from a concealed position.
- a. Those hiding in order to attack by surprise: The captain stationed an ambush near the harbor.b. The hiding place used for such an attack: “Uncle Harm had hunted the way Trapper did—on foot, stalking and laying traps, shooting from ambush” (Rick Bass).
transitive verbam·bushed, am·bush·ing, am·bush·es
Origin of ambushMiddle English embushen, to place in concealment among bushes, lay in wait, from Old French embuschier, from Frankish *boscu, bush, woods.
- The act of concealing oneself and lying in wait to attack by surprise.
- An attack launched from a concealed position.
- The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; those who lie in wait.
(third-person singular simple present ambushes, present participle ambushing, simple past and past participle ambushed)
- To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.
- To attack by ambush; to waylay.
From Old French embusche (noun), embushier, embuissier (verb), from Old French em- + Vulgar Latin boscus, bosca, boscum (“wood”), from Frankish *boscu, *busk (“bush”), from Proto-Germanic *busk- (“bush, heavy stick”). Compare ambuscade. The change to am- from earlier forms in en- is unexplained. More at bush.