From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rescue \Res"cue\ (r[e^]s"k[-u]), n. [From Rescue, v.; cf.
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   1. The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence,
      or danger; liberation.
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            Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot. --Shak.
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   2. (Law)
      (a) The forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of
          things lawfully distrained.
      (b) The forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or
      (c) The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by
          the enemy. --Bouvier.
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                The rescue of a prisoner from the court is
                punished with perpetual imprisonment and
                forfeiture of goods.              --Blackstone.
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   Rescue grass. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) A tall grass
      (Ceratochloa unioloides) somewhat resembling chess,
      cultivated for hay and forage in the Southern States.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rescue \Res"cue\ (r[e^]s"k[-u]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rescued
   (-k?d);p. pr. & vb. n. Rescuing.] [OE. rescopuen, OF.
   rescourre, rescurre, rescorre; L. pref. re- re- + excutere to
   shake or drive out; ex out + quatere to shake. See Qtash to
   crush, Rercussion.]
   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; as, to rescue a
   prisoner from the enemy; to rescue seamen from destruction.
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         Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
         I would have been a breakfast to the best,
         Rather than have false Proteus rescue me. --Shak.
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   Syn: To retake; recapture; free; deliver; liberate; release;
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