Scape, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Scaped p. pr. & vb. n. Scaping.] To escape. [Obs. or Poetic.]
Out of this prison help that we may scape. --Chaucer.
1. An escape. [Obs.]
I spake of most disastrous chances, . . .
Of hairbreadth scapes in the imminent, deadly breach. --Shak.
2. Means of escape; evasion. [Obs.]
3. A freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade. [Obs.]
Not pardoning so much as the scapes of error and ignorance. --Milton.
4. Loose act of vice or lewdness. [Obs.]
1. Bot. A peduncle rising from the ground or from a subterranean stem, as in the stemless violets, the bloodroot, and the like.
2. Zool. The long basal joint of the antennae of an insect.
3. Arch. (a) The shaft of a column. (b) The apophyge of a shaft.
n 1: erect leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground
as in a tulip [syn: flower stalk]
2: (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a
column [syn: shaft]