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Escape vs Scape - What's the difference?

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In obsolete terms the difference between escape and scape

is that escape is a sally while scape is a loose act of vice or lewdness.

In architecture terms the difference between escape and scape

is that escape is an apophyge while scape is the apophyge of a shaft.

As verbs the difference between escape and scape

is that escape is to get free, to free oneself while scape is to escape.

As nouns the difference between escape and scape

is that escape is the act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation while scape is a leafless stalk growing directly out of a root.



(wikipedia escape)


  • To get free, to free oneself.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].}}
  • To avoid (any unpleasant person or thing); to elude, get away from.
  • * Shakespeare
  • sailors that escaped the wreck
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=March 1, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd , passage=Luiz was Chelsea's stand-out performer, although Ferguson also had a case when he questioned how the £21m defender escaped a red card after the break for a hack at Rooney, with the Brazilian having already been booked.}}
  • To avoid capture; to get away with something, avoid punishment.
  • To elude the observation or notice of; to not be seen or remembered by.
  • * Ludlow
  • They escaped the search of the enemy.
  • (computing) To cause (a single character, or all such characters in a string) to be interpreted literally, instead of with any special meaning it would usually have in the same context, often by prefixing with another character.
  • * 1998 August, (Tim Berners-Lee) et al. , Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax (RFC 2396), page 8:
  • If the data for a URI component would conflict with the reserved purpose, then the conflicting data must be escaped before forming the URI.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2002, author=Scott Worley, chapter=Using XML in ASP.NET Applications
  • , title= Inside ASP.NET , isbn=0735711356, page=214 , passage=Character Data tags allow you to place complex strings as the text of an element—without the need to manually escape the string.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2007, author=Michael Cross, chapter=Code Auditing and Reverse Engineering
  • , title= Developer's Guide to Web Application Security , isbn=159749061X, page=213 , passage=Therefore, what follows is a list of typical output functions; your job is to determine if any of the functions print out tainted data that has not been passed through some sort of HTML escaping function.}}
  • (computing) To halt a program or command by pressing a key (such as the "Esc" key) or combination of keys.
  • Usage notes

    * In senses 2. and 3. this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) . See

    Derived terms

    * escape artist * escape character * escape clause * escapee * escape literature * escapement * escape pod * escape sequence * escape velocity * escapism * escapist * escapologist * escapology * fire escape


    (en noun)
  • The act of leaving a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
  • The prisoners made their escape by digging a tunnel.
  • (computing) escape key
  • (programming) The text character represented by 27 (decimal) or 1B (hexadecimal).
  • You forgot to insert an escape in the datastream.
  • (snooker) A successful shot from a snooker position.
  • (manufacturing) A defective product that is allowed to leave a manufacturing facility.
  • (obsolete) That which escapes attention or restraint; a mistake, oversight, or transgression.
  • * Burton
  • I should have been more accurate, and corrected all those former escapes .
  • Leakage or outflow, as of steam or a liquid, or an electric current through defective insulation.
  • (obsolete) A sally.
  • * Shakespeare
  • thousand escapes of wit
  • (architecture) An apophyge.
  • Statistics



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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (botany) a leafless stalk growing directly out of a root
  • the lowest part of an insect's antenna
  • (architecture) the shaft of a column
  • (architecture) The apophyge of a shaft.
  • Etymology 2

    Formed by aphesis from escape . (etystub)


  • (archaic) to escape
  • *17th century , John Donne, Elegy IX: The Autumnal :
  • *:No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
  • *:As I have seen in one autumnal face.
  • *:Young beauties force our love, and that's a rape,
  • *:This doth but counsel, yet you cannot scape .
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) escape
  • * Shakespeare
  • I spake of most disastrous chances, Of hairbreadth scapes in the imminent, deadly breach.
  • (obsolete) A means of escape; evasion.
  • (Donne)
  • (obsolete) A freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade.
  • * Milton
  • Not pardoning so much as the scapes of error and ignorance.
  • (obsolete) A loose act of vice or lewdness.
  • (Shakespeare)
    (Webster 1913)


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