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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scape, flower stalknoun

    erect leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground as in a tulip

  2. shaft, scapenoun

    (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scapenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I spoke of most disastrous chances,
    Of hair-breadth scapes in th’ imminent deadly breach. William Shakespeare.

    Having purpos’d falshood, you
    Can have no way but falshood to be true!
    Vain lunatick, against these scapes I could
    Dispute, and conquer, if I would. John Donne.

    No natural exhalation in the sky,
    No scape of nature, no distemper’d day,
    But they will pluck away its nat’ral cause,
    And call them meteors, prodigies, and signs. William Shakespeare.

    A bearne! a very pretty bearne! sure some scape: though I am not bookish, yet I can read waiting-gentlewoman in the scape. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Thou lurk’dst
    In valley or green meadow, to way-lay
    Some beauty rare, Calisto, Clymene:
    Too long thou laid’st thy scapes on names ador’d. John Milton.

  2. To Scapeverb

    To escape; to avoid; to shun; not to incur; to fly.

    Etymology: contracted from escape.

    What, have I scaped love-letters in the holyday time of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them? William Shakespeare.

    I doubt not but to die a fair death, if I scape hanging. William Shakespeare.

    What can ’scape the eye
    Of God all-seeing? John Milton.

  3. To Scapeverb

    To get away from hurt or danger.

    Could they not fall unpity’d on the plain,
    But slain revive, and, taken, scape again. Dryden.


  1. scape

    A scape is a long, leafless stalk or stem in plants that comes from the ground and which typically bears flowers or leaves at its tip. It arises from a basal rosette of leaves and provides height, allowing the flowers or leaves to become more visible and accessible to pollinators. A good example is seen in the green onion plant. The term can also refer to a view or a picture of a place or a scene.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scapenoun

    a peduncle rising from the ground or from a subterranean stem, as in the stemless violets, the bloodroot, and the like

  2. Scapenoun

    the long basal joint of the antennae of an insect

  3. Scapenoun

    the shaft of a column

  4. Scapenoun

    the apophyge of a shaft

  5. Scape

    to escape

  6. Scapenoun

    an escape

  7. Scapenoun

    means of escape; evasion

  8. Scapenoun

    a freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade

  9. Scapenoun

    loose act of vice or lewdness

  10. Etymology: [L. scapus shaft, stem, stalk; cf. Gr. a staff: cf. F. scape. Cf. Scepter.]


  1. Scape

    The botanical term "scape" generally refers to a long internode forming the basal part or the whole of a peduncle. Typically it takes the form of a long, leafless flowering stem rising directly from a bulb, rhizome, or similar subterranean or underwater structure. The scapes of garlic are used as a vegetable.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scape

    skāp, n. an escape: a freak or fault.—v.t. to escape from: to miss: to shun.—ns. Scape′gallows, one who deserves hanging: a villain; Scape′grace, a graceless hare-brained fellow. [A contr. of escape.]

  2. Scape

    skāp, n. (bot.) a long, naked, radical peduncle: (entom.) the basal joint of antennæ: (ornith.) the stem of a feather: (archit.) the shaft of a column.—adjs. Scape′less (bot.), wanting a scape; Scap′iform, scape-like; Scapig′erous, scape-bearing. [L., scapus, Gr. skapos, a shaft; cf. skēptron, a staff.]

  3. Scape

    skāp, n. the cry of the snipe when flushed: the snipe itself. [Prob. imit.]

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  1. Scape

    the long basal joint of a geniculate antenna in Coleoptera; usually applied to the three basal joints, as in Hymenoptera.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scape in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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    a long narrow excavation in the earth
    • A. pluck
    • B. ditch
    • C. tingle
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