escape

escapable, adj.escapeless, adj.escaper, n.escapingly, adv.
/i skayp"/, v., escaped, escaping, n., adj.
v.i.
1. to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty: to escape from jail.
2. to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
3. to issue from a confining enclosure, as a fluid.
4. to slip away; fade: The words escaped from memory.
5. Bot. (of an originally cultivated plant) to grow wild.
6. (of a rocket, molecule, etc.) to achieve escape velocity.
v.t.
7. to slip away from or elude (pursuers, captors, etc.): He escaped the police.
8. to succeed in avoiding (any threatened or possible danger or evil): She escaped capture.
9. to elude (one's memory, notice, search, etc.).
10. to fail to be noticed or recollected by (a person): Her reply escapes me.
11. (of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by (a person, one's lips, etc.) inadvertently.
n.
12. an act or instance of escaping.
13. the fact of having escaped.
14. a means of escaping: We used the tunnel as an escape.
15. avoidance of reality: She reads mystery stories as an escape.
16. leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
17. Bot. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
18. Physics, Rocketry. the act of achieving escape velocity.
19. Computers. a key (frequently labeled ESC) found on microcomputer keyboards and used for any of various functions, as to interrupt a command or move from one part of a program to another.
adj.
20. for or providing an escape: an escape route.
[1250-1300; ME escapen, ascapen < ONF escaper (F échapper) < VL *excappare, v. deriv. (with ex- EX-1) of LL cappa hooded cloak (see CAP1)]
Syn. 1. flee, abscond, decamp. 7. dodge, flee, avoid. ESCAPE, ELUDE, EVADE mean to keep free of something. To ESCAPE is to succeed in keeping away from danger, pursuit, observation, etc.: to escape punishment. To ELUDE implies baffling pursuers or slipping through an apparently tight net: The fox eluded the hounds. To EVADE is to turn aside from or go out of reach of a person or thing: to evade the police. See also avoid. 12. flight.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Escape — may refer to: * Escape (hold), a maneuver used to exit a wrestling or grappling hold * Escapism, mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation * Escapology, the study and practice of escaping from physical restraints * Prison escape,… …   Wikipedia

  • escape — vb 1 Escape, flee, fly, decamp, abscond mean to run away especially from something which limits one s freedom or threatens one s well being. Escape so stresses the idea of flight from confinement or restraint that it very often conveys no… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Escape — Es*cape , n. 1. The act of fleeing from danger, of evading harm, or of avoiding notice; deliverance from injury or any evil; flight; as, an escape in battle; a narrow escape; also, the means of escape; as, a fire escape. [1913 Webster] I would… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • escape — [e skāp′, iskāp] vi. escaped, escaping [ME escapen < NormFr escaper, var. of eschaper < VL * excappare < L ex , out of (see EX 1) + LL cappa, cloak (i.e., leave one s cloak behind)] 1. to get free; get away; get out; break loose, as from …   English World dictionary

  • escape — sustantivo masculino 1. Salida o solución a una situación comprometida: Está rodeado, sin posibilidad de escape. Buscó un escape para no responder a las acusaciones. 2. Salida de un líquido o un gas por un orificio o una grieta del recipiente que …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • escape — [ ɛskap ] n. f. • 1567; lat. scapus « fût » ♦ Archit. 1 ♦ Partie inférieure du fût d une colonne, voisine de la base. 2 ♦ (1611) Fût d une colonne, de la base au chapiteau. ● escape nom féminin ou escap nom masculin Faire ou donner e …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • escape — verb and noun. There are three significant 20c uses, the first two of the verb and the third of the noun: 1. In intransitive use (without an object), to describe astronauts overcoming gravity and leaving the earth s atmosphere: • A spaceship will …   Modern English usage

  • escape — es·cape 1 vi es·caped, es·cap·ing: to depart from lawful custody with the intent of avoiding confinement or the administration of justice escape 2 n 1: an act or instance of escaping 2: the criminal offense of escaping Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Escape — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Escape es la acción o efecto de escapar El escape, en psicología, forma parte, junto con la evitación, de un procedimiento básico del condicionamiento instrumental. Este procedimiento se conoce también como… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Escape — Escape: Escape  управляющая клавиша компьютерной клавиатуры; «Escape»  альбом американской рок группы Journey 1981 года; «Escape»  альбом испанского поп певца Энрике Иглесиаса 2001 года. См. также Escape последовательность… …   Википедия

  • escape — 1. m. Acción de escapar o escaparse. 2. Fuga de un gas o de un líquido. 3. Fuga apresurada con que alguien se libra de recibir el daño que le amenaza. 4. En los motores de explosión, salida de los gases quemados. 5. Tubo que conduce estos gases… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.