verb (used without object), escaped, escaping.
to slip or get away, as from confinement or restraint; gain or regain liberty:
to escape from jail.
Synonyms: flee, abscond, decamp.
to slip away from pursuit or peril; avoid capture, punishment, or any threatened evil.
to issue from a confining enclosure, as a fluid.
to slip away; fade:
The words escaped from memory.
Botany. (of an originally cultivated plant) to grow wild.
(of a rocket, molecule, etc.) to achieve .
verb (used with object), escaped, escaping.
to slip away from or elude (pursuers, captors, etc.):
He escaped the police.
Synonyms: dodge, flee, avoid.
to succeed in avoiding (any threatened or possible danger or evil):
She escaped capture.
to elude (one’s memory, notice, search, etc.).
to fail to be noticed or recollected by (a person):
Her reply escapes me.
(of a sound or utterance) to slip from or be expressed by (a person, one’s lips, etc.) inadvertently.
an act or instance of escaping.
the fact of having escaped.
a means of escaping:
We used the tunnel as an escape.
avoidance of reality:
She reads mystery stories as an escape.
leakage, as of water or gas, from a pipe or storage container.
Botany. a plant that originated in cultivated stock and is now growing wild.
Physics, Rocketry. the act of achieving .
(usually initial capital letter) Computers. .
for or providing an escape:
an escape route.
a key (frequently labeled Esc) found on most computer keyboards and used for any of various functions, as to interrupt or cancel the current process or running program, or to close a pop-up window.
to get away or break free from (confinements, captors, etc): the lion escaped from the zoo
to manage to avoid (imminent danger, punishment, evil, etc): to escape death
(intransitive) usually foll by from. (of gases, liquids, etc) to issue gradually, as from a crack or fissure; seep; leak: water was escaping from the dam
(transitive) to elude; be forgotten by: the actual figure escapes me
(transitive) to be articulated inadvertently or involuntarily: a roar escaped his lips
(intransitive) (of cultivated plants) to grow wild
the act of escaping or state of having escaped
avoidance of injury, harm, etc: a narrow escape
a means of distraction or relief, esp from reality or boredom: angling provides an escape for many city dwellers
a gradual outflow; leakage; seepage
Also called escape valve, escape cock. a valve that releases air, steam, etc, above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
a key on a computer keyboard which transmits a signal to cancel an operation and whose effect depends on the software or mode in which it is being used
c.1300, from Old North French escaper, Old French eschaper (12c., Modern French échapper), from Vulgar Latin *excappare, literally “get out of one’s cape, leave a pursuer with just one’s cape,” from Latin ex- “out of” (see ex-) + Late Latin cappa “mantle” (see cap (n.)). Related: Escaped; escaping.
c.1400, from escape (v.); earlier eschap (c.1300). Mental/emotional sense is from 1853. Escape clause in the legal sense first recorded 1945.
escape es·cape (ĭ-skāp’)
An early system on the IBM 650.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
(ESC) ASCII character 27.
When sent by the user, escape is often used to abort execution or data entry. When sent by the computer it often starts an escape sequence.
In addition to the idiom beginning with escape
[ih-skeyp-wey] /ɪˈskeɪpˌweɪ/ noun 1. a passage designed for the purpose of or through which escape is possible. 2. .
noun, Horology. 1. a toothed wheel for regulating a going train to which it is geared, engaging intermittently with the pallets of a pendulum or balance mechanism in such a way as to cause the mechanism to oscillate rhythmically, and in so doing free the going train for part of each oscillation. noun 1. (horology) […]
[ih-skey-piz-uh m] /ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm/ noun 1. the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc. /ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm/ noun 1. an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy n. 1933, American English, from escape (v.) + -ism. escapism […]
[ih-skey-piz-uh m] /ɪˈskeɪ pɪz əm/ noun 1. the avoidance of reality by absorption of the mind in entertainment or in an imaginative situation, activity, etc. /ɪˈskeɪpɪzəm/ noun 1. an inclination to or habit of retreating from unpleasant or unacceptable reality, as through diversion or fantasy in the figurative sense, 1930 (adj.); 1933 (n.), from escape […]