ambuscade


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am·bus·cade

 (ăm′bə-skād′, ăm′bə-skād′)
n.
An ambush.
tr.v. am·bus·cad·ed, am·bus·cad·ing, am·bus·cades
To attack suddenly and without warning from a concealed place; ambush.

[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.]

ambuscade

(ˌæmbəˈskeɪd)
n
an ambush
vb
to ambush or lie in ambush
[C16: from French embuscade, from Old Italian imboscata, probably of Germanic origin; compare ambush]

am•bush

(ˈæm bʊʃ)

n.
1. an act or instance of lying concealed so as to attack by surprise: The highwaymen waited in ambush near the road.
2. an act or instance of attacking unexpectedly from a concealed position.
3. the concealed position itself: They fired from ambush.
4. those who attack suddenly and unexpectedly from a concealed position.
v.t.
5. to attack from ambush.
v.i.
6. to lie in ambush.
[1250–1300; Middle English enbuss(h)en < Middle French embuschier literally, to set in the woods « Vulgar Latin *busca wood, forest]
am′bush•er, n.

ambuscade


Past participle: ambuscaded
Gerund: ambuscading

Imperative
ambuscade
ambuscade
Present
I ambuscade
you ambuscade
he/she/it ambuscades
we ambuscade
you ambuscade
they ambuscade
Preterite
I ambuscaded
you ambuscaded
he/she/it ambuscaded
we ambuscaded
you ambuscaded
they ambuscaded
Present Continuous
I am ambuscading
you are ambuscading
he/she/it is ambuscading
we are ambuscading
you are ambuscading
they are ambuscading
Present Perfect
I have ambuscaded
you have ambuscaded
he/she/it has ambuscaded
we have ambuscaded
you have ambuscaded
they have ambuscaded
Past Continuous
I was ambuscading
you were ambuscading
he/she/it was ambuscading
we were ambuscading
you were ambuscading
they were ambuscading
Past Perfect
I had ambuscaded
you had ambuscaded
he/she/it had ambuscaded
we had ambuscaded
you had ambuscaded
they had ambuscaded
Future
I will ambuscade
you will ambuscade
he/she/it will ambuscade
we will ambuscade
you will ambuscade
they will ambuscade
Future Perfect
I will have ambuscaded
you will have ambuscaded
he/she/it will have ambuscaded
we will have ambuscaded
you will have ambuscaded
they will have ambuscaded
Future Continuous
I will be ambuscading
you will be ambuscading
he/she/it will be ambuscading
we will be ambuscading
you will be ambuscading
they will be ambuscading
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ambuscading
you have been ambuscading
he/she/it has been ambuscading
we have been ambuscading
you have been ambuscading
they have been ambuscading
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ambuscading
you will have been ambuscading
he/she/it will have been ambuscading
we will have been ambuscading
you will have been ambuscading
they will have been ambuscading
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ambuscading
you had been ambuscading
he/she/it had been ambuscading
we had been ambuscading
you had been ambuscading
they had been ambuscading
Conditional
I would ambuscade
you would ambuscade
he/she/it would ambuscade
we would ambuscade
you would ambuscade
they would ambuscade
Past Conditional
I would have ambuscaded
you would have ambuscaded
he/she/it would have ambuscaded
we would have ambuscaded
you would have ambuscaded
they would have ambuscaded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambuscade - the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surpriseambuscade - the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
coup de main, surprise attack - an attack without warning
dry-gulching - the act of killing from ambush
Verb1.ambuscade - wait in hiding to attackambuscade - wait in hiding to attack    
wait - stay in one place and anticipate or expect something; "I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

ambuscade

noun
An attack or stratagem for capturing or tricking an unsuspecting person:
verb
To attack suddenly and without warning:
References in classic literature ?
There was a lake here, in the lap of the great mountains, the green slopes that rose toward the lower crags were graced with scattered Swiss cottages nestling among miniature farms and gardens, and from out a leafy ambuscade in the upper heights tumbled a brawling cataract.
One time Tom sent a boy to run about town with a blazing stick, which he called a slogan (which was the sign for the Gang to get together), and then he said he had got secret news by his spies that next day a whole parcel of Spanish merchants and rich A-rabs was going to camp in Cave Hollow with two hundred elephants, and six hundred camels, and over a thousand "sumter" mules, all loaded down with di'monds, and they didn't have only a guard of four hundred soldiers, and so we would lay in ambuscade, as he called it, and kill the lot and scoop the things.
He got home pretty late that night, and when he climbed cautiously in at the window, he uncovered an ambuscade, in the person of his aunt; and when she saw the state his clothes were in her resolution to turn his Saturday holiday into captivity at hard labor became adamantine in its firmness.
Happily, however, there was sleep in Beauvais that night to help them out of it and they passed on once more into solitude and loneliness: jingling through the untimely cold and wet, among impoverished fields that had yielded no fruits of the earth that year, diversified by the blackened remains of burnt houses, and by the sudden emergence from ambuscade, and sharp reining up across their way, of patriot patrols on the watch on all the roads.
Meanwhile the travellers continued to press on their journey with a dispatch which argued the extremity of the Jew's fears, since persons at his age are seldom fond of rapid motion, The Palmer, to whom every path and outlet in the wood appeared to be familiar, led the way through the most devious paths, and more than once excited anew the suspicion of the Israelite, that he intended to betray him into some ambuscade of his enemies.
Thus he learned that, after long persecutions, Smith reappeared in Illinois, and in 1839 founded a community at Nauvoo, on the Mississippi, numbering twenty-five thousand souls, of which he became mayor, chief justice, and general-in-chief; that he announced himself, in 1843, as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States; and that finally, being drawn into ambuscade at Carthage, he was thrown into prison, and assassinated by a band of men disguised in masks.
Methinks I see them now, Dust-mantled in the bitter wind, a host Of Tartar warriors in ambuscade.
Four or five men are placed in ambuscade in the first room.
Our ambuscade would have been intolerable, for the stench of the fishy seals was most distressing {45}--who would go to bed with a sea monster if he could help it?
The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade.
D'Artagnan slipped out of the cathedral and placed himself in ambuscade at the corner of the Rue des Canettes; it was impossible that Bazin should go out of the cathedral without his seeing him.
Wine-bibber," he cried, "with the face of a dog and the heart of a hind, you never dare to go out with the host in fight, nor yet with our chosen men in ambuscade.