Ambuscade Am`bus*cade", v. i. To lie in ambush. [1913 Webster]

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  • ambuscade — (n.) 1580s, essentially a variant form of AMBUSH (Cf. ambush) (n.), representing a reborrowing of that French word after it had been Italianized. Ambuscade is from Fr. embuscade (16c.), Gallicized from It. imboscata, lit. a hiding in the bush,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ambuscade — Am bus*cade , n. [F. embuscade, fr. It. imboscata, or Sp. emboscada, fr. emboscar to ambush, fr. LL. imboscare. See {Ambush}, v. t.] 1. A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise. Hence: A lying in wait, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ambuscade — Am bus*cade , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ambuscaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ambuscading}.] 1. To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush. [1913 Webster] 2. To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ambuscade — index cache (hiding place), ensnare, lurk Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ambuscade — *ambush …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ambuscade — [am΄bəs kād′; ] also, esp.for n. [, am′bəs kād΄] n., vt., vi. ambuscaded, ambuscading [Fr embuscade < embusquer, to ambush, altered (after It imboscare) < OFr embuschier: see AMBUSH] AMBUSH ambuscader n …   English World dictionary

  • ambuscade — noun Etymology: Middle French embuscade, modification of Old Italian imboscata, from imboscare to place in ambush, from in (from Latin) + bosco forest, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German busc forest more at in, bush Date: circa 1588… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ambuscade — ambuscader, n. /am beuh skayd , am beuh skayd /, n., v., ambuscaded, ambuscading. n. 1. an ambush. v.i. 2. to lie in ambush. v.t. 3. to attack from a concealed position; ambush. [1575 85; < MF embuscade, alter. (under influence of OF embuschier;… …   Universalium

  • ambuscade — 1. noun An ambush; a trap laid for an enemy. 2. verb To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay …   Wiktionary

  • ambuscade — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I noun An attack or stratagem for capturing or tricking an unsuspecting person: ambush, trap. See ATTACK. II verb To attack suddenly and without warning: ambush, bushwhack, surprise, waylay. See ATTACK …   English dictionary for students

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