escape[e skāp′, i-]
- The definition of an escape is a breaking away.
An example of escape is a child breaking out of her playpen.
- Escape is defined as to get away.
An example of escape is to break out of prison.
There has been a prison escape.
intransitive verbescaped, escaping
- to get free; get away; get out; break loose, as from a prison
- to avoid an illness, accident, pain, etc.: two were injured, but he escaped
- to flow, drain, or leak away: gas escaping from a pipe
- to slip away; disappear: the image escaped from her memory
- Bot. to grow wild, as a plant from a condition of cultivation
Origin of escapeMiddle English escapen ; from Norman French escaper, variant, variety of eschaper ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form excappare ; from Classical Latin ex-, out of (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa, cloak (i.e., leave one's cloak behind)
- to get away from; flee from: to escape pursuers
- to manage to keep away from; avoid: to escape punishment
- to come from involuntarily or unintentionally: a scream escaped from her lips
- to slip away from; be missed, unperceived, or forgotten by: his name escapes me
- an act or instance or escaping
- the state of having escaped
- a means or way of escape
- an outward flow or leakage
- a temporary mental release from reality: movies are her escape
- Bot. a garden plant growing wild
Origin of escapeME escap
- giving temporary mental release from reality
- making escape possible: an escape hatch
- giving a basis for evading or circumventing a claim, responsibility, etc.: an escape clause
verbes·caped, es·cap·ing, es·capes
- To break loose from confinement; get free: escape from jail.
- To issue from confinement or enclosure; leak or seep out: Gas was escaping from the vent.
- To avoid a serious or unwanted outcome: escaped from the accident with their lives.
- Biology To become established in the wild. Used of a plant or animal.
- Computers To interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program by using a key, combination of keys, or key sequence.
- To succeed in avoiding: The thief escaped punishment.
- To break loose from; get free of: The spacecraft escaped Earth's gravitational field.
- To be outside the memory or understanding of; fail to be remembered or understood by: Her name escapes me. The book's significance escaped him.
- To issue involuntarily from: A sigh escaped my lips.
- The act or an instance of escaping.
- A means of escaping.
- A means of obtaining temporary freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness: Television is my escape from worry.
- A gradual effusion from an enclosure; a leakage.
- Biology A cultivated plant or a domesticated or confined animal that has become established in the wild.
- Computers A key used especially to interrupt a command, exit a program, or change levels within a program.
Origin of escapeMiddle English escapen, from Old North French escaper, from Vulgar Latin *excappāre, to get out of one's cape, get away : Latin ex-, ex- + Medieval Latin cappa, cloak.
(third-person singular simple present escapes, present participle escaping, simple past and past participle escaped)
- (intransitive) To get free, to free oneself.
- The prisoners escaped by jumping over a wall.
- To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.
- He only got a fine and so escaped going to jail.
- The children climbed out of the window to escape the fire.
- (intransitive) To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.
- Luckily, I escaped with only a fine.
- To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by.
- The name of the hotel escapes me at present.
- (computing) To cause (a single character, or all such characters in a string) to be interpreted literally, instead of with any special meaning it would usually have in the same context, often by prefixing with another character.
- When using the "bash" shell, you can escape the ampersand character with a backslash.
- Brion escaped the double quote character on Windows by adding a second double quote within the literal.
- (computing) To halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys.
- In senses 2. and 3. this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
- The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
- The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel.
- (computing) escape key
- (programming) The text character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal).
- You forgot to insert an escape in the datastream.
- (snooker) A successful shot from a snooker position.
- (manufacturing) A defective product that is allowed to leave a manufacturing facility.
- Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid, or an electric current through defective insulation.