- The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
verb (escap, ing)
- The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel
- A key on most modern computer keyboards, sometimes abbreviated Esc, and typically programmed to cancel some current operation.
- (programming) The ASCII character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal.)
- You forgot to insert an in the datastream.
- (context, snooker) A sucessful shot from a snooker position.
- (intransitive) To get free, to free oneself.
Etymology: :w:Anglo-Norman, Anglo-Norman and Old Northern French escaper ( = Old French eschaper, modern échapper), from , from Latin ex- + cappa "cloak".
- The prisoners escaped by jumping over a wall.
- (transitive) To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.
- He only got a fine and so escaped going to jail.
- The children climbed out of the window to the fire.
- (intransitive) To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.
- Luckily, I escaped with only a fine.
- (transitive) To elude observation or notice; to not be seen or remembered by.
- The name of the hotel escapes me at present.
- (computing) To prefix a character with a special character (depending on context) to allow a character to pass through without special meaning.
- When using the "bash" shell, you can the ampersand character with a backslash.
- In your monobook.js file, you can the apostrophe character with a backslash.
- Brion escaped the double quote character on Windows by adding a second double quote within the literal.
- (computing) to halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the Esc key) or combination of keys
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