An example of rescue is to take in a stray dog wandering the streets.
An example of a rescue is saving a group of people from a sinking ship.
The rescue of Jerusalem was the original motive of the Crusaders.
Origin of rescue
- Middle English rescouen from Old French rescourre re- re- escourre to shake (from Latin excutere) (ex- ex-) (quatere to shake kwēt- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition