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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