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.
Am·bush v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ambushed p. pr. & vb. n. Ambushing.]
1. To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy.
By ambushed men behind their temple laid,
We have the king of Mexico betrayed. --Dryden.
2. To attack by ambush; to waylay.
Am·bush, v. i. To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk.
Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey. --Trumbull.
n : the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack
by surprise [syn: ambuscade, lying in wait, trap]
v 1: wait in hiding to attack [syn: scupper, bushwhack, waylay,
lurk, ambuscade, lie in wait]
2: hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing [syn: still-hunt]
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.