- to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
- Law. to liberate or take by forcible or illegal means from lawful custody.
- the act of rescuing.
- of or relating to someone or something trained or equipped to rescue: a rescue dog.
Origin of rescue
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Examples from the Web for rescuer
After Garrett was lifted from the surf on a ski, his rescuer also was recovered safely.Surfer Garrett McNamara May Have Conquered His 100-Foot Wave
January 31, 2013
He found his measure of peace in becoming a rescuer and a baby saver with the FDNY.
The tower was minutes from collapsing when he uttered the final words of somebody who was a rescuer to the very end.
Is this really the man to make the case to middle America that he is their rescuer?Why Mitt Romney Will Prove To Be a Feeble Presidential Nominee
January 16, 2012
“One of my sons will bring the chadri back to you soon,” Malika said, embracing her friend and rescuer.When Everything Changed
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 11, 2011
"Nothin' but my feelin's," growled the rescuer, scrambling upright.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
"I ain't so sure about that duckin'," commented the rescuer.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
There was a rescuer above him who knew his desperate situation.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
Upon realizing who his rescuer was Kauffman's eyes misted with gratitude.They of the High Trails
The gathering crowd on the bridge began to cheer the rescuer.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
- to bring (someone or something) out of danger, attack, harm, etc; deliver or save
- to free (a person) from legal custody by force
- law to seize (goods or property) by force
- the act or an instance of rescuing
- (as modifier)a rescue party
- the forcible removal of a person from legal custody
- law the forcible seizure of goods or property
Word Origin and History for rescuer
late 14c., from rescue (v.). Earlier noun was rescous (early 14c.), from Old French rescous.
c.1300, from stem of Old French rescorre "protect, keep safe; free, deliver" (Modern French recourre), from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + escourre "to cast off, discharge," from Latin excutere "to shake off, drive away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -cutere, combining form of quatere "to shake" (see quash). Related: Rescued; rescuing.