AskDefine | Define rescue

Dictionary Definition

rescue n : recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives" [syn: deliverance, delivery, saving]


1 free from harm or evil [syn: deliver]
2 take forcibly from legal custody; "rescue prisoners"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Rescue



IPA: /ˈres.kju/


rescopuen, rescourre, rescurre, rescorre; prefix re- re- + excutere to shake or drive out; ex out + quatere to shake. See Qtash to crush, Rercussion.


  1. To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
  2. To liberate from actual restraint.
  3. To remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil.
    to rescue a prisoner from the enemy
    to rescue seamen from destruction

Derived terms



  1. The act of rescuing.
  2. (as an adjective) Used in a rescue.
    rescue vehicle
  3. a special airliner flight to bring home passengers who are stranded


Extensive Definition

Rescue refers to operations that usually involve the saving of life, or prevention of injury.
Tools used might include search dogs, search and rescue horses, helicopters, and 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.
Ropes and special devices can reach and remove individuals and animals from difficult locations including: Rescue operations require a high degree of training and are performed by Rescue Squads, either independent or part of larger organizations like a fire, police, military, first aid squad, or ambulance services. In The U.S., they are usually staffed by medically trained personnel as NFPA regulations require it.
rescue in German: Rettung
rescue in French: Sauvetage
rescue in Japanese: 救命
rescue in Portuguese: Resgate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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