Dictionary: ES-CA-LADE' – ES-CHEAT'AGE

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ES-CA-LADE', v.t.

To scale; to mount and pass or enter by means of ladders; as, to escalade wall. Life of Wellington.


Scaled, as a wall or rampart.


Scaling, as troops.

ES-CAL'LOP, n. [skal'lup; D. schulp, a shell.]

  1. A family of bivalvular shell-fish, whose shell is regularly indented. In the center of the top of the shell is a trigonal sinus with an elastic cartilage for its hinge.
  2. A regular curving indenture in the margin of any thing. [See Scallop and Scollop.]

ES-CA-PADE', n. [Fr. See Escape.]

The fling of a horse. In Spanish, flight, escape.

ES-CAPE', n.

  1. Flight to shun danger or injury; the act of fleeing from danger. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm. Ps. iv.
  2. A being passed without receiving injury, as when danger comes near a person, but passes by, and the person is passive. Every soldier who survives a battle has had such an escape.
  3. Excuse; subterfuge; evasion. Ralegh.
  4. In law, an evasion of legal restraint or the custody of the sherif, without due course of law. Escapes are voluntary or involuntary; voluntary, when an officer permits an offender or debtor to quit his custody, without warrant; and involuntary, or negligent, when an arrested person quits the custody of the officer against his will, and is not pursued forthwith and retaken before the pursuer hath lost sight of him.
  5. Sally; flight; irregularity. [Little used.] Shak.
  6. Oversight; mistake. [Little used, or improper.]

ES-CAPE', v.i.

  1. To flee, shun and be secure from danger; to avoid an evil. Escape for thy life to the mountain. Gen. xix.
  2. To be passed without harm. The balls whistled by me, my comrades fell, but I escaped.

ES-CAPE', v.t. [Fr. echapper; Norm. echever; Arm. achap; It. scappare; Sp. and Port. escapar; probably from L. capio, with a negative prefix, or from a word of the same family.]

  1. To flee from and avoid; to get out of the way; to shun; to obtain security from; to pass without harm; as, to escape danger. A small number that escape the sword, shall return. Jer. xliv. Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Pet. i.
  2. To pass unobserved; to evade; as, the fact escaped my notice or observation.
  3. To avoid the danger of; as, to escape the sea. Acts xxviii. Note. This verb is properly intransitive, and in strictness should be followed by from; but usage sanctions the omission of it.


That part of a clock or watch, which regulates its movements, and prevents their acceleration. Ed. Encyc.


Avoidance of danger. Ezra ix.

E-SCAP'ING, ppr.

Fleeing from and avoiding danger or evil; being passed unobserved or unhurt; shunning; evading; securing safety; quitting the custody of the law, without warrant.

ES-CAR'GA-TOIRE, n. [Fr. from escargot, a snail.]

A nursery of snails. Addison.

ES-CARP', v.t. [Fr. escarper, to cut to a slope; It. scarpa, a slope. See Carve.]

To slope; to form a slope; a military term. Carleton.


Cut or formed to a slope.


Forming to a slope.


A slope; a steep descent or declivity. Buckland.

ES-CHA-LOT, n. [shallo'te; Fr. echalote.]

A species of small onion or garlic, the Allitum ascalonicum. Encyc.

ES'CHAR, n. [Gr. εσχαρα.]

  1. In surgery, the crust or scab occasioned by burns or caustic application. Encyc.
  2. A species of coralline, resembling a net or woven cloth.


Caustic; having the power of searing or destroying the flesh. Coxe. Encyc.


A caustic application; a medicine which sears or destroys flesh. Coxe.

ES-CHEAT', n. [Fr. echeoir, echoir; choir; Norm. eschier, eschire, eschever, to fall, to happen to, to escheat. The Fr. echoir, seems to be the Sp. caer, which is contracted from the L. cado, cadere.]

  1. Any land or tenements which casually fall or revert to the lord within his manor, through failure of heirs. It is the determination of the tenure or dissolution of the mutual bond between the lord and tenant, from the extinction of the blood of the tenant, by death or natural means, or by civil means, as forfeiture or corruption of blood. Blackstone.
  2. In the United States, the falling or passing of lands and tenements to the state, through failure of heirs or forfeiture, or in cases where no owner is found. Stat. of Mass. and Connecticut.
  3. The place or circuit within which the king or lord is entitled to escheats. England.
  4. A writ to recover escheats from the person in possession. Blackstone. Cowel. Encyc.
  5. The lands which fall to the lord or state by escheat.
  6. In Scots law, the forfeiture incurred by a man's being denounced a rebel.

ES-CHEAT', v.i.

  1. In England, to revert, as land, to the lord of a manor, by means of the extinction of the blood of the tenant.
  2. In America, to fall or come, as land, to the state, through failure of heirs or owners, or by forfeiture for treason. In the feudal sense, no escheat can exist in the United States; but the word is used in statutes confiscating the estates of those who abandoned their country, during the Revolution, and in statutes giving to the state the lands for which no owner can be found.

ES-CHEAT', v.t.

To forfeit. [Not used.] Bp. Hall.


Liable to escheat.


The right of succeeding to an escheat. Sherwood.