3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rescue \Res"cue\ (r[e^]s"k[-u]), verb (used with an object) [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.

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.

Syn: To retake; recapture; free; deliver; liberate; release; save.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rescue \Res"cue\ (r[e^]s"k[-u]), noun [From {Rescue}, v.; cf. {Rescous}.]

1. The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation.

Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot. --Shak.

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 imprisonment. (c) The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy. --Bouvier.

The rescue of a prisoner from the court is punished with perpetual imprisonment and forfeiture of goods. --Blackstone.

{Rescue grass}. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Bot.) A tall grass ({Ceratochloa unioloides}) somewhat resembling chess, cultivated for hay and forage in the Southern States.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives" [syn: {rescue}, {deliverance}, {delivery}, {saving}]


1: free from harm or evil [syn: {rescue}, {deliver}]

2: take forcibly from legal custody; "rescue prisoners"

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