1. a valve that releases air, steam, etc., above a certain pressure; relief valve or safety valve
2. Botany a plant that was originally cultivated but is now growing wild
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
in Soviet criminal law, the crime of evading the serving of a sentence or restraining measures in the form of imprisonment under guard.
According to the Criminal Code of the RSFSR, escape from a place of confinement or from under guard committed by a person serving a sentence or held in preliminary confinement is punishable by deprivation of freedom for a period of up to three years. Escape combined with the use of force against the guard is punishable by a sentence of up to five years. Escape from a place of exile or from an alcoholic reeducation center or escape en route to exile or the center is punishable by deprivation of freedom for a period of up to one year.
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What does it mean when you dream about an escape?
The act of escaping in a dream sometimes indicates the need to face an issue or a condition that one is evading. Alternatively, one may need to “escape” something that is about to collapse, such as a burning building.
The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
only son of Ahimelech to avoid Saul’s slaughter. [O.T.: I Samuel 22:20]
Minos’s daughter; gave Theseus thread by which to escape labyrinth. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 31]
transformed into beetle in order to fly above Zeus’s deluge. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 55]
flees the City of Destruction. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
escaped from Crete by flying on wings made of wax and feathers. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 244]
after fifteen years in the Chateau d’If he escapes by being thrown into the sea as another prisoner’s corpse. [Fr. Lit.: Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo]
on Prometheus’ advice, survived flood in ark. [Gk. Myth.: Gaster, 84–85]
340,000 British troops evacuated against long odds (1941). [Eur. Hist.: Van Doren, 475]
Jewish captives escape Pharaoh’s bondage. [O.T.: Exodus]
Hansel and Gretel
(Dr. Richard Kimble) tale of wrongfully-accused man fleeing imprisonment. [TV: Terrace, I, 290–291]
woodcutter’s children barely escape witch. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 56]
Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina (622). [Islamic Hist.: EB, V: 39–40]
(1874–1926) shackled magician could extricate himself from any entrapment. [Am. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 196]
the only one to escape when the Pequod is wrecked by the white whale. [Am. Lit.: Melville, Moby Dick]
Miss Watson’s runaway slave; Huck’s traveling companion. [Am. Lit.: Huckleberry Finn]
delivered from fish’s belly after three days. [O.T.: Jonah 1, 2]
with family and animals, escapes the Deluge. [O.T.: Genesis 8:15–19]
parting of the Red Sea
one of the few to escape from Devil’s Island. [Fr. Hist.: Papillon]
God divides the waters for Israelites’ flight. [O.T.: Exodus 14:21–29]
Robin, John, and Harold Hensman
epithet of Zeus as god of escape. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 94]
run away from “petticoat government” to live in forest. [Children’s Lit.: Brendon Chase, Fisher, 306]
prisoners escape by boat from Devil’s Island, accompanied by a mysterious stranger. [Am. Cinema: Strange Cargo]
escapes labyrinth with aid from Ariadne. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 31]
runs away from cruel Uncle Daniel to join circus. [Children’s Lit.: Toby Tyler]
Sumerian Noah. [Sumerian Legend: Benét, 1116]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.