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Meaning of ESCAPE

Pronunciation:  e'skeyp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of escaping physically; "he made his escape from the mental hospital"; "the canary escaped from its cage"; "his flight was an indication of his guilt"
  2. [n]  a means or way of escaping; "hard work was his escape from worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their escape route"
  3. [n]  an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow escape"
  4. [n]  an inclination to retreat from unpleasant realities through diversion or fantasy; "romantic novels were her escape from the stress of daily life"; "his alcohol problem was a form of escapism"
  5. [n]  nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do; "his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible"; "that escape from the consequences is possible but unattractive"
  6. [n]  a valve in a container in which pressure can build up (as a steam boiler); it opens automatically when the pressure reaches a dangerous level
  7. [n]  the unwanted discharge of a fluid from some container; "they tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe"; "he had to clean up the leak"
  8. [n]  a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
  9. [v]  issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
  10. [v]  fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
  11. [v]  escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
  12. [v]  run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
  13. [v]  remove oneself from a familiar environment, usually for pleasure or diversion; "We escaped to our summer house for a few days"; "The president of the company never manages to get away during the summer"
  14. [v]  be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"

ESCAPE is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: break loose, elude, escape cock, escape valve, escapism, flight, get away, get away, get away, get by, get off, get out, leak, leakage, miss, outflow, relief valve, safety valve
 See Also: agency, amaze, avoid, avoidance, baffle, beat, bewilder, bilk, break, break, break away, break loose, break out, breakout, carelessness, circumvention, come forth, come out, defy, discharge, diversion, dodging, dumbfound, egress, elude, emerge, escape, escape, escape from, escape mechanism, evade, evade, evasion, exodus, flee, flora, flummox, fly, gaolbreak, get, getaway, go forth, goldbricking, goofing off, gravel, hegira, hejira, issue, jailbreak, lam, malingering, means, mystify, neglect, negligence, nonperformance, nonplus, outpouring, perplex, plant, plant life, pose, prisonbreak, prison-breaking, puzzle, recreation, refuse, regulator, resist, run, run away, running away, shake, shake off, shirking, shunning, skulking, slacking, slip, soldiering, stupefy, take flight, throw off, turning away, Underground Railroad, Underground Railway, valve, vex, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Es*cape"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Escaped}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Escaping}.] [OE. escapen, eschapen, OF. escaper,
    eschaper, F. echapper, fr. LL. ex cappa out of one's cape or
    cloak; hence, to slip out of one's cape and escape. See 3d
    {Cape}, and cf. {Scape}, v.]
    1. To flee from and avoid; to be saved or exempt from; to
       shun; to obtain security from; as, to escape danger.
       ``Sailors that escaped the wreck.'' --Shak.
    2. To avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade;
       as, the fact escaped our attention.
             They escaped the search of the enemy. --Ludlow.
  2. \Es*cape"\, v. i.
    1. To flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed
       by from or out of.
             Haste, for thy life escape, nor look behind??
    2. To get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed
       without harm.
             Such heretics . . . would have been thought
             fortunate, if they escaped with life. --Macaulay.
    3. To get free from that which confines or holds; -- used of
       persons or things; as, to escape from prison, from arrest,
       or from slavery; gas escapes from the pipes; electricity
       escapes from its conductors.
             To escape out of these meshes.        --Thackeray.
  3. \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.
             I would hasten my escape from the windy storm. --Ps.
                                                   lv. 8.
    2. That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an
       oversight; also, transgression. [Obs.]
             I should have been more accurate, and corrected all
             those former escapes.                 --Burton.
    3. A sally. ``Thousand escapes of wit.'' --Shak.
    4. (Law) The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other
       custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
    Note: Escape is technically distinguishable from prison
          breach, which is the unlawful departure of the prisoner
          from custody, escape being the permission of the
          departure by the custodian, either by connivance or
          negligence. The term escape, however, is applied by
          some of the old authorities to a departure from custody
          by stratagem, or without force. --Wharton.
    5. (Arch.) An apophyge.
    6. Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
    7. (Elec.) Leakage or loss of currents from the conducting
       wires, caused by defective insulation.
    {Escape pipe} (Steam Boilers), a pipe for carrying away steam
       that escapes through a safety valve.
    {Escape valve} (Steam Engine), a relief valve; a safety
       valve. See under {Relief}, and {Safety}.
    {Escape wheel} (Horol.), the wheel of an escapement.
  4. \Es*cape"\, n. (Bot.)
    A plant which has escaped from cultivation.
Computing Dictionary
  1. An early system on the ibm 650.

    [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

  2. (ESC) ascii character 27.

    When sent by the user, escape is often used to abort execution or data entry. When sent by the computer it often starts an escape sequence.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you escape from jail or some place of confinement means your need to escape from a restrictive situation or attitude. On the other hand, it may mean that you are taking an escapist attitude and are refusing to face up to problems that are not going away. Dreaming that you escape from injury, from an animal, or from any situation means your good health and prosperity. You will experience a favorable turn of events.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abandonment, abscond, alienation, autism, autistic thinking, avenue, avoid, avoidance, avoidance mechanism, avoiding reaction, baffle, bail out, beg, blame-shifting, blow, blowhole, bolt, bow out, break, break away, break free, break jail, break loose, break out, breakout, bunk, channel, chute, circumvent, circumvention, clear out, compensation, cut and run, cut loose, cut out, debouch, decamp, decampment, decompensation, defense mechanism, deliverance, depart, departure, dereism, dereistic thinking, disappear, discharge, displacement, dissociation, distraction, ditch, diversion, dodge, dodging, door, double, drain, drainage, draining, duck, duck out, ducking, effluence, efflux, effluxion, egress, elope, elude, elusion, elusiveness, emanate, emotional insulation, emunctory, equivocation, escape into fantasy, escape mechanism, escape prison, escapism, eschewal, estuary, evacuation, evade, evasion, evasive action, evasiveness, exhaust, exit, exodus, fantasizing, fantasy, flee, flight, flit, floodgate, flume, fly, fly the coop, forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, get around, get away, get away from, get clear of, get free, get free of, get out, get out of, get quit of, get rid of, getaway, getting around, go on furlough, go on leave, going, hegira, isolation, issue, jailbreak, jink, jump, lam, leak, leakage, leaking, leave the scene, leaving, levant, liberation, loophole, make a getaway, make off, mosey, mystify, negativism, neutrality, nonintervention, noninvolvement, opening, out, outcome, outfall, outflow, outgate, outgo, outlet, outpouring, overcompensation, parting, passing, pore, port, prevention, projection, psychotaxis, puzzle, rationalization, recreation, refraining, release, relief, removal, resistance, retirement, retreat, run away, run off, runaround, sally port, scape, scram, seep, seepage, seeping, shake, shake off, shuffle out of, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidestepping, sidetracking, skedaddle, skip, skirt, slip, slip away, slip off, slip out, slip the collar, sluice, sneak out, sociological adjustive reactions, spiracle, spout, stump, sublimation, substitution, take French leave, take leave, take off, tap, the runaround, throw off, vamoose, vanish, vent, ventage, venthole, vomitory, walkout, way out, weir, wishful thinking, wish-fulfillment fantasy, withdrawal, zigzag