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. To escape out of these meshes. (Thackeray)
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. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm. (Ps. Lv. 8)
2. That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake; an oversight; also, transgression. I should have been more accurate, and corrected all those former escapes. (Burton)
4. The unlawful permission, by a jailer or other custodian, of a prisoner's departure from custody.
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.
5. An apophyge.