What does rescue mean?

Definitions for rescue
ˈrɛs kyures·cue

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rescue.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rescue, deliverance, delivery, savingverb

    recovery or preservation from loss or danger

    "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"

  2. rescue, deliververb

    free from harm or evil

  3. rescueverb

    take forcibly from legal custody

    "rescue prisoners"

Wiktionary

  1. rescuenoun

    An act or episode of rescuing, saving.

  2. rescuenoun

    A liberation, freeing.

  3. rescuenoun

    The forcible ending of a siege; liberation from similar military peril

    The rescue of Jerusalem was the original motive of the Crusaders

  4. rescuenoun

    A special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded

  5. rescuenoun

    A rescuee.

    The dog proved a rescue with some behavior issues.

  6. rescueverb

    To save from any violence, danger or evil.

    The well-trained team rescued everyone after the avalanche

  7. rescueverb

    To free or liberate from confinement or other physical restraint.

    to rescue a prisoner from the enemy

  8. rescueverb

    To recover forcibly

  9. rescueverb

    To deliver by arms, notably from a siege

  10. rescueverb

    To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil and sin.

    Traditionally missionaries aim to rescue many ignorant heathen souls.

  11. Rescuenoun

    A city in California (zip code 95672)

  12. Etymology: rescopuen, from rescourre, rescurre, rescorre; from prefix re- + excutere, from ex + quatere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rescuenoun

    Deliverance from violence, danger, or confinement.

    Etymology: rescousse,rescosse, old Fr. rescussus, low Lat.

    How comes it, you
    Have holp to make this rescue. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  2. To RESCUEverb

    To set free from any violence, confinement, or danger.

    Etymology: rescorre, old Fr.

    Sir Scudamore, after long sorrow, in the end met with Britomartis, who succoured him and reskewed his love. Edmund Spenser.

    My uncles both are slain in rescuing me. William Shakespeare.

    We’re beset with thieves;
    Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man. William Shakespeare.

    Dr. Bancroft understood the church excellently, and had almost rescued it out of the hands of the Calvinian party. Clar.

    He that is so sure of his particular election, as to resolve he can never fall, if he commit those acts, against which scripture is plain, that they that do them shall not inherit eternal life, must necessarily resolve, that nothing but the removing his fundamental error can rescue him from the superstructive. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    Who was that just man, whom had not heav’n
    Rescu’d, had in his righteousness been lost? John Milton.

    Riches cannot rescue from the grave,
    Which claims alike the monarch and the slave. Dryden.

Wikipedia

  1. Rescue

    Rescue comprises responsive operations that usually involve the saving of life, or the urgent treatment of injuries after an accident or a dangerous situation. Tools used might include search and rescue dogs, mounted search and rescue horses, helicopters, the "jaws of life", and other hydraulic cutting and spreading tools used to extricate individuals from wrecked vehicles. Rescue operations are sometimes supported by rescue vehicles operated by rescue squads.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rescueverb

    to free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; to liberate from actual restraint; to remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil; as, to rescue a prisoner from the enemy; to rescue seamen from destruction

  2. Rescue

    the act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation

  3. Rescue

    the forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of things lawfully distrained

  4. Rescue

    the forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or imprisonment

  5. Rescue

    the retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy

  6. Etymology: [From Rescue, v.; cf. Rescous.]

Freebase

  1. Rescue

    Rescue comprises responsive operations that usually involve the saving of life, or prevention of injury during an incident or dangerous situation. Tools used might include search and rescue dogs, mounted search and rescue horses, helicopters, the "jaws of life", and other hydraulic cutting and spreading tools used to extricate individuals from wrecked vehicles. Rescue operations are sometimes supported by special vehicles such as fire department's or EMS heavy rescue vehicle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rescue

    res′kū, v.t. to free from danger or violence: to deliver: to liberate:—pr.p. res′cūing; pa.t. and pa.p. res′cūed.n. the act of rescuing: deliverance from violence or danger: forcible release from arrest or imprisonment.—adj. Res′cuable.—ns. Res′cuer; Rescūssēē′, the party rescued; Rescus′sor, one who makes an unlawful rescue. [M. E. rescous, a rescue—O. Fr. rescousserescourre—L. re-, away, excutĕre, to shake out—ex, out, quatĕre, to shake.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rescue

    Any vessel recovered by the insurrection of prisoners on board of her, or by her being forced by stress of weather into our ports, she is restored on salvage. There is no rule prescribed by the law of England in the case of foreign property rescued; with British subjects the court usually adopts the proportion of recapture. In respect to foreigners the only guide is that of "quantum meruit."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rescue

    The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rescue' in Nouns Frequency: #2077

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rescue' in Verbs Frequency: #815

Anagrams for rescue »

  1. cereus

  2. ceruse

  3. Creuse

  4. recuse

  5. secuer

  6. secure

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rescue in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rescue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of rescue in a Sentence

  1. Glen Philip:

    It really ranks as the number one strange save, the squadron has been involved in some hair-raising tasks. Most of our rescues are obviously boat or person related. This rescue was so different because we had to lasso the horse while keeping him as unstressed as possible.

  2. Federica Mogherini:

    We are not yet working on numbers, but what we have agreed on today is, for sure, the need to increase significantly the resources at sea, and the level of the operation, doing more search and rescue and doing it more together.

  3. Lafe Langford:

    The first thing that came out of her mouth when she saw her uncles was,' We have to go back. We have to go back. My siblings, my brothers and sisters are dying. They're bleeding, they're shot. We have to go rescue them,' and that's all she cared about.

  4. Ben Hayes:

    He had crossed over a metal railing to get closer to the cliff edge where he lost his footing and fell in, park officials immediately launched a search and rescue operation with the Hawaii County Fire Department and around 9 p.m. local time search and rescue located the man. He was seriously injured, perched on a narrow ledge 70 feet from the cliff edge.

  5. Martin Schulz:

    Europe can do more and Europe must do more, it is a shame and a confession of failure how many countries run away from responsibility and how little money we provide for rescue missions.

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