• "Mrs. Baboon and her family escaped unhurt."
    "Mrs. Baboon and her family escaped unhurt."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v escape issue or leak, as from a small opening "Gas escaped into the bedroom"
    • v escape fail to experience "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
    • v escape escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action "She gets away with murder!","I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
    • v escape run away from confinement "The convicted murderer escaped from a high security prison"
    • v escape flee; take to one's heels; cut and run "If you see this man, run!","The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
    • v escape 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"
    • v escape be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
    • n escape 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"
    • n escape a means or way of escaping "hard work was his escape from worry","they installed a second hatch as an escape","their escape route"
    • n escape an avoidance of danger or difficulty "that was a narrow escape"
    • n escape 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"
    • n escape 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"
    • n escape 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
    • n escape the 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"
    • n escape a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
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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
    • Escape (Bot) A plant which has escaped from cultivation.
    • Escape A sally. "Thousand escapes of wit."
    • Escape (Arch) An apophyge.
    • Escape (Elec) Leakage or loss of currents from the conducting wires, caused by defective insulation.
    • Escape Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
    • Escape That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression. "I should have been more accurate, and corrected all those former escapes ."
    • Escape 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."
    • Escape (Law) The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
    • Escape To avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade; as, the fact escaped our attention. "They escaped the search of the enemy."
    • Escape 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."
    • Escape To flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed by from or out of. "Haste, for thy life escape , nor look behind."
    • Escape 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."
    • Escape 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: One out of every 43 prisoners escapes from jail. 94% are recaptured.
    • escape To slip or flee away; succeed in evading or avoiding danger or injury; get away from threatened harm: as, he escaped scot-free.
    • escape To free or succeed in freeing one's self from custody or restraint; gain or regain liberty.
    • escape Synonyms To abscond, decamp, steal away, break loose, break away.
    • escape To succeed in evading, avoiding, or eluding; be unnoticed, uninjured, or unaffected by; evade; elude: as, the fact escaped his attention; to escape danger or a contagious disease; to escape death.
    • n escape Flight to shun danger, injury, or restraint; the act of fleeing from danger or custody.
    • n escape The condition of being passed by without receiving injury when danger threatens; avoidance of or preservation from some harm or injury: as, escape from contagion, or from bankruptcy.
    • n escape In law, the regaining of liberty or transcending the limits of confinement, without due course of law, by a person in custody of the law. A constructive escape is where the prisoner, though still under restraint, gets more liberty than the law allows him. The word escape is commonly used in reference to the liability of the sheriff for suffering an escape; and, thus considered, escapes are voluntary or involuntary or negligent: voluntary, when an officer permits an offender or a debtor to quit his custody without consent of the creditor or without legal discharge; and involuntary or negligent, when an arrested person quits the custody of the officer against his will.
    • n escape A means of flight; that by which danger or injury may be avoided, or liberty regained: as, a fire-escape.
    • n escape Excuse; subterfuge; evasion.
    • n escape That which escapes attention; an oversight; a mistake.
    • n escape An escapade; a wild or irregular action.
    • n escape In botany, a plant which has escaped from cultivation, and become self-established, more or less permanently, in fields or by roadsides.
    • n escape Leakage or loss, as of gas, or of a current of electricity in a telegraph or electric-light circuit by reason of imperfect insulation; also, in electricity, a shunt or derived current.
    • n escape In architecture, the curved part of the shaft of a column where it springs out of the base; the apophyge. See cut under column.
    • n escape The outlet or gate in an irrigation or other hydraulic work by which water may be permitted to escape from the canal, either automatically or under direct control.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Playing cards were issued to British pilots in World War II. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map fpr escape.
    • v.t Escape es-kāp′ to free from: to pass unobserved: to evade: to issue
    • v.i Escape to flee and become safe from danger: to be passed without harm
    • n Escape act of escaping: flight from danger or from prison
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  • Jean Paul
    “The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “No woman needs intercourse; few women escape it.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.”
  • Jalal-Uddin Rumi
    “Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.”
  • Marilyn French
    Marilyn French
    “Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you're trying to escape?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)


In literature:

A cry of horror escaped me.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Vasco da Gama, irritated at being unable to punish the chief, put the pilot in irons to prevent his escape.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
No one was altogether exempt, but those who had before passed were allowed to escape a like process by the payment of a fine.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
This foul reproach attached to all the race; none escaped it.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Another convict asked Ben if he would try to escape.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The tops were tied together, leaving a hole for the escape of smoke from the central fire.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
They escaped by running up the sloping tunnel and climbing a wooden stage or platform at the far end.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
It was only the inflow of the tide; and to escape from it would be easy enough.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The imprudent coachman narrowly escaped with his life.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay

In poetry:

Let the wind's breath
Blow in the glades of the clouds
Until they close;
So that the beauty of these girls
May not escape.
"At A Dance of Girls" by Edward Powys Mathers
'T was an image of the Virgin
That had tasked his utmost skill;
But, alas! his fair ideal
Vanished and escaped him still.
"By The Fireside : Gaspar Becerra" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thought is our high prerogative,
Thro' which the soul may rise;
Escape its prisonhouse of clay,
And mount the azure skies.
"Address To Emma, On Her Departure For The Country" by Elizabeth Bath
If the mournful Rover, Death,
Say but once-resign your breath-
Vainly of escape you dream,
You must pass the Stygian stream.
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
Some in fiery furnace thrown,
Yet escaped, unsinged their hair;
There Almighty power was shown,
For the Son of God was there.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
SIGISMUND. Pursue him then,
Leave no single shrub unrifled,
Nothing must escape your search,
Not a plant, and not a pine tree.
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

She caught a glimpse of a gunman and escaped his bullets.
Suzy (Kara Hayward, left) and Sam (Jared Gilman) hatch an escape plot with an older scout (Jason Schwartzman) in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom".
We're glad to hear that Dale escaped certain death and that he is doing well.
It's happened before, and it'll probably happen again: An animal escapes from the stockyards in downtown Hogwaller, aka lower Belmont.
You can get dizzy trying to keep track of the comings and goings in "Escape," Susan Mosakowski's comedy about three troubled couples.
A second deer linked to the New Oxford, Adams County farm where chronic wasting disease first appeared in the state has reportedly escaped from a Huntingdon County farm, the Patriot-News is reporting.
AGES 3-6 Some will be upset by the ropings, wild escapes and impending disasters.
When we have those bad days at work, or things are making us crazy in our lives, it's the place we close our eyes and escape to.
Los Angeles is a city with its vision so firmly pointed toward the future that traces of the past often escape its sight.
A man escaped serious injury after being clipped by a slow-moving light rail train in downtown Salt Lake City late Friday morning.
A homeowner who had the presence of mind to shut the door as she escaped a bedroom fire is credited with helping contain a Auburn house fire this morning.
Silver Can't Escape Gropegate's Clutches .
Moody, Florida Atlantic escape Coppin State 64-61.
Sometimes you simply have to take a nap to escape it all.
Escaped bull caught in cornfield.

In science:

If we prove only that A′A′ does not differ greatly from A′ , we can still prove that a random subproduct has reasonable probability of allowing us to escape the set A′ .
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
In the one-dimensional case, Solomon and Alili proved that the speed of escape of the particle (velocity at large times) is a constant, P0 -a.s., that depends only on the distribution of the environment.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
According to Solomon , this condition characterizes the situation of walks with a positive speed of escape.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
The other consequence of Kalikow’s condition is that, under this condition, the walk almost surely escapes to infinity in direction ℓ.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
While there are special tra jectories for which the motion is quite regular, including those for which particles can escape (such as straight line, free particle motion), for most tra jectories this is not the case.
Areal Theory