American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To set free, as from danger or imprisonment; save. See Synonyms at save1.
- v. Law To take from legal custody by force.
- n. An act of rescuing; a deliverance.
- n. Law Removal from legal custody by force.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; liberate from actual restraint; remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil: as, to rescue seamen from destruction by shipwreck.
- In law, to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody: as, to rescue a prisoner from a constable. Synonyms and To retake, recapture.
- To go to the rescue.
- n. The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, danger, or any evil.
- n. In law, the forcible or illegal taking of a person or thing out of the custody of the law.
- n. Synonyms Release, liberation, extrication, redemption.
- v. To save from any violence, danger or evil.
- v. To free or liberate from confinement or other physical restraint.
- v. To recover forcibly
- v. To deliver by arms, notably from a siege
- v. figuratively To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil and sin.
- n. An act or episode of rescuing, saving.
- n. A liberation, freeing.
- n. The forcible ending of a siege; liberation from similar military peril
- n. A special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded
- n. A rescuee.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; to liberate from actual restraint; to remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil
- n. The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation.
- n. The forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of things lawfully distrained.
- n. The forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or imprisonment.
- n. The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy.
- v. free from harm or evil
- v. take forcibly from legal custody
- n. recovery or preservation from loss or danger
- Old English rescopuen, from Old French rescourre, rescurre, rescorre; from Latin prefix re- ("re-") + excutere ("to shake or drive out"), from ex ("out") + quatere ("to shake"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rescouen, from Old French rescourre : re-, re- + escourre, to shake (from Latin excutere : ex-, ex- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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