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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Am·bush 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. [Obs.]
    The ambush arose quickly out of their place.   --Josh. viii. 19.
 To lay an ambush, to post a force in ambush.