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 for escape
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Escape \Es*cape"\, v. i.
     1. To flee, and become secure from danger; -- often followed
        by from or out of.
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              Haste, for thy life escape, nor look behind??
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     2. To get clear from danger or evil of any form; to be passed
        without harm.
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              Such heretics . . . would have been thought
              fortunate, if they escaped with life. --Macaulay.
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     3. 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.
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              To escape out of these meshes.        --Thackeray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Escape \Es*cape"\, n.
     1. 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.
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              I would hasten my escape from the windy storm. --Ps.
                                                    lv. 8.
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     2. That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an
        oversight; also, transgression. [Obs.]
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              I should have been more accurate, and corrected all
              those former escapes.                 --Burton.
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     3. A sally. "Thousand escapes of wit." --Shak.
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     4. (Law) The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other
        custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
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     5. (Bot.) A plant which has escaped from cultivation.
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     Note: Escape is technically distinguishable from prison
           breach, which is the unlawful departure of the prisoner
           from custody, escape being the permission of the
           departure by the custodian, either by connivance or
           negligence. The term escape, however, is applied by
           some of the old authorities to a departure from custody
           by stratagem, or without force. --Wharton.
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     5. (Arch.) An apophyge.
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     6. Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid.
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     7. (Elec.) Leakage or loss of currents from the conducting
        wires, caused by defective insulation.
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     Escape pipe (Steam Boilers), a pipe for carrying away steam
        that escapes through a safety valve.
     Escape valve (Steam Engine), a relief valve; a safety
        valve. See under Relief, and Safety.
     Escape wheel (Horol.), the wheel of an escapement.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Escape \Es*cape"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Escaped; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Escaping.] [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.]
     1. 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." --Shak.
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     2. To avoid the notice of; to pass unobserved by; to evade;
        as, the fact escaped our attention.
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              They escaped the search of the enemy. --Ludlow.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn: escape,
      2: 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" [syn: escape, escapism]
      3: 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" [syn: evasion,
         escape, dodging]
      4: an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow
      5: a means or way of escaping; "hard work was his escape from
         worry"; "they installed a second hatch as an escape"; "their
         escape route"
      6: a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
      7: 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" [syn: escape, leak, leakage,
      8: 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 [syn: safety valve, relief
         valve, escape valve, escape cock, escape]
      v 1: run away from confinement; "The convicted murderer escaped
           from a high security prison" [syn: escape, get away,
           break loose]
      2: fail to experience; "Fortunately, I missed the hurricane"
         [syn: miss, escape]
      3: escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a
         forbidden action; "She gets away with murder!"; "I couldn't
         get out from under these responsibilities" [syn: get off,
         get away, get by, get out, escape]
      4: be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you
         are seeing in him eludes me" [syn: elude, escape]
      5: 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" [syn: escape, get away]
      6: flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man,
         run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"
         [syn: scat, run, scarper, turn tail, lam, run
         away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to
         the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away]
      7: issue or leak, as from a small opening; "Gas escaped into the

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  218 Moby Thesaurus words for "escape":
     abandonment, abscond, alienation, autism, autistic thinking,
     avenue, avoid, avoidance, avoidance mechanism, avoiding reaction,
     baffle, bail out, beg, blame-shifting, blow, blowhole, bolt,
     bow out, break, break away, break free, break jail, break loose,
     break out, breakout, bunk, channel, chute, circumvent,
     circumvention, clear out, compensation, cut and run, cut loose,
     cut out, debouch, decamp, decampment, decompensation,
     defense mechanism, deliverance, depart, departure, dereism,
     dereistic thinking, disappear, discharge, displacement,
     dissociation, distraction, ditch, diversion, dodge, dodging, door,
     double, drain, drainage, draining, duck, duck out, ducking,
     effluence, efflux, effluxion, egress, elope, elude, elusion,
     elusiveness, emanate, emotional insulation, emunctory,
     equivocation, escape into fantasy, escape mechanism, escape prison,
     escapism, eschewal, estuary, evacuation, evade, evasion,
     evasive action, evasiveness, exhaust, exit, exodus, fantasizing,
     fantasy, flee, flight, flit, floodgate, flume, fly, fly the coop,
     forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, get around, get away,
     get away from, get clear of, get free, get free of, get out,
     get out of, get quit of, get rid of, getaway, getting around,
     go on furlough, go on leave, going, hegira, isolation, issue,
     jailbreak, jink, jump, lam, leak, leakage, leaking,
     leave the scene, leaving, levant, liberation, loophole,
     make a getaway, make off, mosey, mystify, negativism, neutrality,
     nonintervention, noninvolvement, opening, out, outcome, outfall,
     outflow, outgate, outgo, outlet, outpouring, overcompensation,
     parting, passing, pore, port, prevention, projection, psychotaxis,
     puzzle, rationalization, recreation, refraining, release, relief,
     removal, resistance, retirement, retreat, run away, run off,
     runaround, sally port, scape, scram, seep, seepage, seeping, shake,
     shake off, shuffle out of, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep,
     sidestepping, sidetracking, skedaddle, skip, skirt, slip,
     slip away, slip off, slip out, slip the collar, sluice, sneak out,
     sociological adjustive reactions, spiracle, spout, stump,
     sublimation, substitution, take French leave, take leave, take off,
     tap, the runaround, throw off, vamoose, vanish, vent, ventage,
     venthole, vomitory, walkout, way out, weir,
     wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking, withdrawal, zigzag

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      An early system on the IBM 650.
     [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      (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.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ESCAPE. An escape is tho deliverance of a person who is lawfully imprisoned, 
  out of prison, before such a person is entitled to such deliverance by law. 
  5 Mass. 310. 
       2. It will be proper to consider, first, what is a lawful imprisonment; 
  and, secondly, the different kinds of escapes. 
       3. When a man is imprisoned in a proper place under the process of a 
  court having jurisdiction in the case, he is lawfully imprisoned, 
  notwithstanding the proceedings may be irregular; but if the court has not 
  jurisdiction the imprisonment is unlawful, whether the process be regular or 
  otherwise. Bac. Ab. Escape. in civil cases, A 1; 13 John. 378; 5 John. 89; 1 
  Cowen, 309 8 Cowen, 192; 1 Root, R. 288. 
       4. Escapes are divided into voluntary and negligent; actual or 
  constructive; civil and criminal and escapes on mesne process and execution. 
       5.-1. A voluntary escape is the giving to a prisoner, voluntarily, 
  any liberty not authorized by law. 5 Mass. 310; 2 Chipm. 11. Letting a 
  prisoner confined under final process, out of prison for any, even the 
  shortest time, is an escape, although he afterwards return; 2 Bl. Rep. 1048; 
  1 Roll. Ab. 806; and this may be, (as in the case of imprisonment under a 
  ca. sa.) although an officer may accompany him. 3 Co. 44 a Plowd. 37; Hob. 
  202; 1 Bos. & Pull. 24 2 Bl. Rep. 1048. 
       6. The effect of a voluntary escape in a civil case, when the prisoner 
  is confined under final process, is to discharge the debtor, so that he 
  cannot be retaken by the sheriff; but he may be again arrested if he was 
  confined only on mesne process. 2 T. R. 172; 2 Barn. & A. 56. And the 
  plaintiff may retake the prisoner in either case. In a criminal case, on the 
  contrary, the officer not only has a right to recapture his prisoner, but it 
  is his duty to do so. 6 Hill, 344; Bac. Ab. Escape in civil cases, C. 
       7.-2. A negligent escape takes place when the prisoner goes at large, 
  unlawfully, either because the building or prison in which he is confined is 
  too weak to hold him, or because the keeper by carelessness lets him go out 
  of prison. 
       8. The consequences of a negligent escape are not so favorable to the 
  prisoner confined under final process, as they are when the escape is 
  voluntary, because in this case, the prisoner is to blame. He may therefore 
  be retaken. 
       9.-3. The escape is actual, when the prisoner in fact gets out of 
  prison and unlawfully regains his liberty. 
      10.-4. A constructive escape takes place when the prisoner obtains 
  more liberty than the law allows, although he still remains in confinement 
  The following cases are examples of such escapes: When a man marries his 
  prisoner. Plowd. 17; Bac. Ab. Escape, B 3. If an underkeeper be taken in 
  execution, and delivered at the prison, and neither the sheriff nor any 
  authorized person be there to receive him. 5 Mass. 310. And when the keeper 
  of a prison made one of the prisoners confined for a debt a turnkey, and 
  trusted him with the keys, it was held that this was a constructive escape. 
  2 Mason, 486. 
      11. Escapes in civil cases are, when the prisoner is charged in 
  execution or on mesne process for a debt or duty, and not for a criminal 
  offence, and he unlawfully gains his liberty. In this case, we have seen, 
  the prisoner may be retaken, if the escape have not been voluntary; and that 
  he may be retaken by the plaintiff when the escape has taken place without 
  his fault, whether the defendant be confined in execution or not; and that 
  the sheriff may retake the prisoner, who has been liberated by him, when he 
  was not confined on final process. 
      12. Escapes in criminal cases take place when a person lawfully in 
  prison, charged with a crime or under sentence, regains his liberty 
  unlawfully. The prisoner being to blame for not submitting to the law, and 
  in effecting his escape, may be retaken whether the escape was voluntary or 
  not. And he may be indicted, fined and imprisoned for so escaping. See 
      13. Escape on mesne process is where the prisoner is not confined on 
  final process, but on some other process issued in the course of the 
  proceedings, and unlawfully obtains his liberty, such escape does not make 
  the officer liable, provided that on the return day of the writ, the 
  prisoner is forthcoming. 
      14. Escape on final process is when the prisoner obtains his liberty 
  unlawfully while lawfully confined, and under an execution or other final 
  decree. The officer is then, in general, liable to the plaintiff for the 
  amount of the debt. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ESCAPE, WARRANT. A warrant issued in England against a person who being 
  charged in custody in the king's bench or Fleet prison, in execution or 
  mesne process, escapes and goes at large. Jacob's L. D. h.t. 

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