• "Mrs. Baboon and her family escaped unhurt."
    "Mrs. Baboon and her family escaped unhurt."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n escapement mechanical device that regulates movement
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pinocchio Escapes from his Assassins Pinocchio Escapes from his Assassins
The Dog Seizes Pinocchio and Escapes The Dog Seizes Pinocchio and Escapes
Escapements Escapements

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Superman The Escape rollercoaster, located in California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in only 7 seconds
    • Escapement The act of escaping; escape.
    • Escapement The contrivance in a timepiece which connects the train of wheel work with the pendulum or balance, giving to the latter the impulse by which it is kept in vibration; -- so called because it allows a tooth to escape from a pallet at each vibration.
    • Escapement Way of escape; vent. "An escapement for youthful high spirits."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Among primitive people the soul normally is said to escape through the mouth or nose. In the Celebes, when a person is very sick, his friends will often attach fish hooks in certain places. If the soul tries to escape, it gets hooked.
    • n escapement The act of escaping; escape.
    • n escapement The general contrivance in a timepiece by which the pressure of the wheels (which move always in one direction) and the vibratory motion of the pendulum or balancewheel are accommodated the one to the other. By this contrivance the wheelwork is made to communicate an impulse to the regulating power (which in a clock is the pendulum and in a watch the balance-wheel), so as to restore to it the small portion of force which it loses in every vibration, in consequence of friction and the resistance of the air. The leading requisite of a good escapement is that the impulse communicated to the pendulum be invariable, notwithstanding any irregularity or foulness in the train of wheels. Various kinds of escapements have been contrived: such as the crown- or verge-escapement, used in common watches, and the anchor- or crutch-escapement, in common clocks—both also termed recoiling escapements; the deadbeat escapement and the gravity- or remontoir-escapement, used in the finer kind of clocks; the horizontal escapement or cylinder-escapement, the detached escapement, the lever-escapement, the duplex escapement, the pinwheel escapement, all used in the finer classes of watches; and the half-dead escapement, in which there is a slight recoil. In the horizontal escapement the teeth of a horizontal wheel act upon a hollow cylinder on the axis of the balance, to give the impulse.
    • n escapement In pianoforte-making, that part of the action which provides that the hammer, after striking the string, shall instantly recoil, whether or not the key is released. The escapement is called double when the mechanism admits of giving a second blow without fully releasing the key.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel was Anna Edson Taylor. She made the journey on October 24, 1901, and escaped unhurt.
    • Escapement act of escaping: means of escape: part of a timepiece connecting the wheelwork with the pendulum or balance, and allowing a tooth to escape at each vibration
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  • (Frederick II) Frederick The Great
    “It seems to me that man is made to act rather than to know: the principles of things escape our most persevering researches.”
  • Proverb
    “That which is escaped now is pain to come.”
  • Marquise De SeVigne
    Marquise De SeVigne
    “If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification; time takes away as much as it gives.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what is pleasant.”
  • Lope de Vega
    Lope de Vega
    “Take every gain without showing remorse about missed profits, because an eel may escape sooner than you think.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. échappement,. See Escape
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escaper (Fr. échapper)—L. ex cappa, (lit.) 'out of one's cape or cloak.'


In literature:

I in vain tried to shout out; when I opened my mouth, the feather pillow filled it, and no sound escaped.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
If I had wished to escape I could not; and there were no books, or other means of amusement, so that I was left to my own reflections.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
We must hope to escape this danger and make our escape another time.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
If we were to escape, we must escape with clean hands and clear consciences.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Let not a word on the subject escape your lips.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here, on the eastern shore of Galilee, there is much more hope of escape than there is across the lake.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
He must escape that night, if at all.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
He had been below, and it was to be hoped had got to the upper side and had thus escaped being drowned.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Do you think the poor devil has a chance of escaping the hangman's noose?
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Many snares they unconsciously escape.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
But the escape of her prize was not the greatest disaster that was to befall the "Gaspee" that day.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Either they were lying dead behind the wagons, or they had escaped on horseback.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
He escaped by miracle, without injury.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The horses having made good their escape, Willard was carried forward on his uncle Henry's back.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
If the cow coughs, the head must at once be lowered to permit the fluid to escape from the larynx.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
It is not full-fledged fear, not so much a tendency to escape as an alertness to be ready to escape.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
If the vision of James Boone had not been trained, and unusually keen, the sight of the crouching animal would have escaped him.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
A rope hung from it; the men had descended by this and made their escape.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
This period was an epoch of flights and escapes.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
They next attacked the house of the grand-inquisitor, which they burned to the ground; and that functionary narrowly escaped with his life.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott

In poetry:

And guard thy lips and keep them still;
Too soon escapes an angry word.
"O God! I did not mean it ill!"
But yet he sorrowed as he heard.
"The Duration Of Love" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath
Piacular may she not be,
And thus escape the eternal pyre,
No pirate's heart would dance with glee
Like mine, to see that maid--Ex-Pier.
"Pious Pie Poem Puns" by Jared Barhite
Escapes for those I love so well,
For those I've loved and left so long,
On me their fondest musings dwell,
To them alone my sighs belong.
"Lines" by Maria Gowen Brooks
This Moral by the tale is taught:--
The wish is father to the thought.
(We'd oftentimes escape the worst
If but the thinking part came first!)
"How The Fatuous Wish Of A Peasant Came True" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Baffled surprise and bold escape,
Endurance long, at last are o'er;
The Monster's jaws insatiate gape,
Whose cry for blood is ever “More!”
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
But ere their tedious toil advanc'd,
Towards its kind and tender end,
Cornelia, as her quick eye glanc'd,
Saw, what escap'd her toiling friend.
"The Stag" by William Hayley

In news:

An Aliquippa police officer suffered a broken leg when a suspect's car crashed into his while escaping on Interstate 376.
Shaggy escaped from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in April.
Escape Down the Brule River.
The bull escaped through an opening in a fence.
A Philadelphia SWAT officer narrowly escaped death when he was struck in the chest by a gunshot that his partner fired during a car stop Tuesday night.
The usual plan of attack is to get a man on the roof to open a hole and allow hot gases and smoke to escape.
Man escapes burning house, goes back to save brothers.
LEWISTON — A woman escaped her burning home on Parker Street late Wednesday, but firefighters were still battling flames early Thursday morning.
(September 26, 2006)—An Oklahoma man owes his life to his dog, whose persistence allowed him to escape from his burning home.
ST CLOUD – Three people escaped injury during a house fire.
Cougars escape Medical Lake The Chewelah Cougars (5-1, 3-0) went into their game at Medical Lake (5.
Lawrence Vickers tries to escape a tackler during Cowboys practice in Oxnard.
An 89-year-old woman was attacked by two pit bulls who escaped from their yard.
A group of alleged burglars were foiled when one of them decided on an escape route that led directly past the nearby police station.
There is just no escaping technology these days.

In science:

Time-evolution of an escaping shell (late time), corresponding to the same parameters as Figures 5 and 6.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Top curve (dotted): the condition that the shocked shell initially move at the escape speed.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Fig. 11.— Critical wind speed for breakout (solid curves), in units of the free-fall (escape) speed, as a function of evolutionary time.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
In that case, it is known that the coherence is lost as soon as one photon on average escapes the cavity and goes in the environment [45, 46].
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
Immediately before the horizon, any outgoing light struggles to escape.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
On the other side of the horizon, no counter-propagating light is able to escape anymore.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
The horizon generates photon pairs, both propagating against the current, but one escaping on the right side of the horizon and the other drifting to the left.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Although predicted earlier from theoretical considerations [6, 7], it had escaped experimental observation until recently.
Transition temperatures and contact angles in the sequential-wetting scenario of n-alkanes on (salt) water
A more technical version of Proposition 6 gives a better bound on the ν -rate of escape.
Amenability via random walks
We have the following bound on the rate of escape.
Amenability via random walks
Note that the rapid growth of s0 with time should certainly increase velocities of planetesimals beyond their escape speeds (if it were not the case initially).
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
At the same time, velocities of light bodies should still be smaller than the escape velocity from the biggest planetesimals, since otherwise these planetesimals would not be able to dynamically heat the disk and it would “cool” below their escape velocity.
Dynamical evolution of planetesimals in protoplanetary disks
Electrons are also allowed to escape the emitting region (thus reducing the particle density, mimicking source expansion) in a timescale tesc .
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
Using first order perturbation theory we argue that noise will increase the lifetime if the escape holes lie in regions where the unperturbed density is higher than in the immediate vicinity and that it decreases if the density is lower.
Lifetimes of noisy repellors
For the purpose of the present analysis tra jectories that enter the holes may be terminated, since their further evolution does not influence the escape rate.
Lifetimes of noisy repellors