• Maggie runs to rescue the child from the bull
    Maggie runs to rescue the child from the bull
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rescue take forcibly from legal custody "rescue prisoners"
    • v rescue free from harm or evil
    • n rescue recovery or preservation from loss or danger "work is the deliverance of mankind","a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Water rescue Water rescue
Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors
Reindeer Messengers of Rescue Reindeer Messengers of Rescue
A Rescue on the Diamond Shoals A Rescue on the Diamond Shoals

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rescue The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation. "Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot."
    • Rescue (Law) The forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or imprisonment.
    • Rescue (Law) The forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of things lawfully distrained.
    • Rescue (Law) The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy.
    • v. t Rescue To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; to liberate from actual restraint; to remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil; as, to rescue a prisoner from the enemy; to rescue seamen from destruction. "Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
      I would have been a breakfast to the best,
      Rather than have false Proteus rescue me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rescue To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; liberate from actual restraint; remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil: as, to rescue seamen from destruction by shipwreck.
    • rescue In law, to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody: as, to rescue a prisoner from a constable. Synonyms and To retake, recapture.
    • rescue To go to the rescue.
    • n rescue The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, danger, or any evil.
    • n rescue In law, the forcible or illegal taking of a person or thing out of the custody of the law.
    • n rescue Synonyms Release, liberation, extrication, redemption.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rescue res′kū to free from danger or violence: to deliver: to liberate
    • pr.p Rescue res′cūing; pa.t. and pa.p. res′cūed
    • n Rescue the act of rescuing: deliverance from violence or danger: forcible release from arrest or imprisonment
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.”
  • Luigi Pirandello
    “In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.”
  • Henry Vaughan
    Henry Vaughan
    “Caesar had perished from the world of men, had not his sword been rescued by his pen.”
  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.”
  • Eldridge Cleaver
    Eldridge Cleaver
    “Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.”
  • Lord Henry P. Brougham
    Lord Henry P. Brougham
    “A lawyer is a gentlemen that rescues your estate from your enemies and then keeps it to himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rescopuen, OF. rescourre, rescurre, rescorre,; L. pref. re-, re- + excutere, to shake or drive out; ex, out + quatere, to shake. See Qtash to crush, Rercussion


In literature:

With difficulty Archbishop Howley of Canterbury was rescued from the hands of an infuriated mob.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
And yet, even as he spoke, he chafed at the woman's interference with Johan's plan of rescue.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Sorrow rescued sorrow, and gave him back to the torturers.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Had she unbound, and rescued him?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Had he done well in rescuing her?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Simon tried to think of a way to rescue his dignity.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Even if they could come up with a plan to rescue Daoud, would he be willing to do anything?
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Surrounded as A-ya was, at that moment, by the hordes of her captors, any attempt at her rescue would have been hopeless folly.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
If not peacefully released, it was pretty evident that they would fight desperately for their rescue.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The mishap occurred during a storm, and all of her crew were rescued by other vessels.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"

In poetry:

Thus beckons Love. Away then, wishes wild!
O may thy mother be as blest
As one whose eyes will sink to rest
Blessing thee for her rescued child!
"Aletheia To Phraortes" by Walter Savage Landor
He that turneth from the road to rescue another,
Turneth toward his goal:
He shall arrive in time by the foot-path of mercy,
God will be his guide.
"The Tribe Of The Helpers" by Henry Van Dyke
Thus aided, see his rescued genius spring;
Again he pours the phrenzy of his song;
With EV'RY FEATHER in his eagle wing,
Once more in majesty he soars along.
"Lines Written At Kilkenny, On The Theatricals Of That City" by Sir John Carr
With the gold of Fairyland?
Where captive damsels hear my fleet
Steps rescuing them — their lips I meet.
O, life is grand! O, night is sweet
In that voluptuous land !
"Evensong" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Thou knowest, O Saviour, its hurt and its sorrows;
Didst rescue its joy by the might of thy pain:
Lord of all yesterdays, days, and to-morrows,
Help us love on in the hope of thy gain;
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Let Thy kingdom come! its coming,
By the Gospel-light assured,
In the distant dawn is looming,
Sanctioned, sanctified, secured;
By the Great Creator's plan
Heaven's unveiled, and rescued man.
"Thy Kingdom Come" by John Bowring

In news:

Five years ago in July, our first llamas arrived….rescues.
0 The Black Forest Rescue Station #1 was completed in November 2003, and houses a majority of the department's equipment.
Workers sought to rescue their colleagues after an explosion at Massey Energy Company's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine.
Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse (above) came to the rescue when his table caught fire at the Right to Play Red Ball Gala at Capitale.
HYRUM, Cache County — A 22-year-old man drowned Saturday in the Blacksmith Fork River trying to rescue his teenage sister, who lost her footing and fell into the water during a fishing trip.
Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes Meteor Madness.
Doubts Emerge in Bloc's Rescue Deal.
Children rescued after being bound, blindfolded .
Bling is my 2 year old Chinese Crested rescue.
Rescued dog becomes blood donor in Oklahoma.
A rescued dog is now saving other lives in Oklahoma.
Search and rescue is not a toy.
Bohdi, a dog rescued by a local soldier in Afghanistan, flew into the Pensacola International Airport on Saturday, May 19.
View full size A German Shepherd dog that was just days away from being put down is rescued and is now certified as a search and rescue K-9.
The Cattarins' primary contact for Greyhound rescue was Tom and Joyce McRorie of La Habra Heights, Calif, longtime members of Greyhound Pets of America, which is the largest dog-rescue organization in the world.

In science:

It is in this regard that we believe that DQ can come to the rescue by defining a concrete and practical phase-space description of an abstract net of observables (the standard set used in AQFT).
Deformation Quantization: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory
If there are not enough hits in the BMS to reconstruct the momentum, a rescue algorithm is used.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
Zamfirescu, On the line connectivity of line graphs, Math.
General concepts of graphs
We propose a way to rescue the Bell measurement by coupling detectors via the energy filters, which are described b y energy dependent scattering amplitudes: rn , r′n , tn , t′n , where n = 1, 2 is the number of the detector.
Finite-temperature Bell test for quasiparticle entanglement in the Fermi sea
We propose a way to rescue the Bell measurement by a resonant coupling to the detectors.
Finite-temperature Bell test for quasiparticle entanglement in the Fermi sea