Escape vs Null - What's the difference?

escape | null |

As a verb escape

is .

As a noun null is

zero, nil; the cardinal number before einn.



(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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    (en noun)
  • A non-existent or empty value or set of values.
  • Zero]] quantity of [[expression, expressions; nothing.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • Something that has no force or meaning.
  • (computing) the ASCII or Unicode character (), represented by a zero value, that indicates no character and is sometimes used as a string terminator.
  • (computing) the attribute of an entity that has no valid value.
  • Since no date of birth was entered for the patient, his age is null .
  • One of the beads in nulled work.
  • (statistics) null hypothesis
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having no validity, "null and void"
  • insignificant
  • * 1924 , Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove :
  • In proportion as we descend the social scale our snobbishness fastens on to mere nothings which are perhaps no more null than the distinctions observed by the aristocracy, but, being more obscure, more peculiar to the individual, take us more by surprise.
  • absent or non-existent
  • (mathematics) of the null set
  • (mathematics) of or comprising a value of precisely zero
  • (genetics, of a mutation) causing a complete loss of gene function, amorphic.
  • Derived terms

    * nullity


    (en verb)
  • to nullify; to annul
  • (Milton)

    See also

    * nil ----