Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Botany A leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground, as in the tulip.
  • noun Biology A stalklike part, such as a feather shaft or the first segment of an insect's antenna.
  • noun Architecture The shaft of a column.
  • noun A scene; a view. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To escape.
  • noun An escape.
  • noun Means of escape; evasion.
  • noun Freak; aberration; deviation; escapade; misdemeanor; trick; cheat.
  • noun The cry of the snipe when flushed.
  • noun The snipe itself.
  • noun In botany, a radical peduncle or stem bearing the fructification without leaves, as in the narcissus, primrose, hepatica, stemless violets, hyacinth, etc. See also cuts under jonquil and puttyroot. Also scapus.
  • noun In entomology: The basal joint of an antenna, especially when it is long and slender, as in the geniculate antennæ of many hymenopters and coleopters, or the two proximal joints, as in dipters, generally small and different from the others. The stem-like basal portion of the halter or poiser of a dipter.
  • noun In ornithology, the shaft or stem of a feather; a rachis; a scapus.
  • noun In architecture, the apophyge or spring of a column; the part where a column springs from its base, usually molded into a concave sweep or cavetto.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A peduncle rising from the ground or from a subterranean stem, as in the stemless violets, the bloodroot, and the like.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The long basal joint of the antennæ of an insect.
  • noun The shaft of a column.
  • noun The apophyge of a shaft.
  • verb Obs. or Poetic. To escape.
  • noun obsolete An escape.
  • noun obsolete Means of escape; evasion.
  • noun obsolete A freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade.
  • noun obsolete Loose act of vice or lewdness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb archaic to escape
  • noun archaic escape
  • noun botany a leafless stalk growing directly out of a root
  • noun the lowest part of an insect's antenna
  • noun architecture the shaft of a column

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun erect leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground as in a tulip
  • noun (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From landscape.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin scāpus, stalk, perhaps from Greek skāpos.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Formed by aphesis from escape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin scāpus, from Ancient Greek (Doric) σκᾶπος (skâpos).

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  • stem-like basal portion of the

    halter

    or poiser

    of a dipter

    August 20, 2012