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[skeyp] /skeɪp/
noun, verb (used with or without object), scaped, scaping. Archaic.
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  • There was no room for 'scaping; and that mist Bereft us, both of sight and the pure air.

  • It would vex me to the dogs that letters should miscarry between Dublin and Wexford, after 'scaping the salt seas.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for scaping


a leafless stalk in plants that arises from a rosette of leaves and bears one or more flowers
(zoology) a stalklike part, such as the first segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Forms
scapose, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scāpus stem, from (Doric) Greek skapos; see shaft


verb, noun
an archaic word for escape
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Word Origin and History for scaping



"scenery view," 1773, abstracted from landscape (n.); as a comb. element, first attested use is 1796, in prisonscape.


late 13c., shortened form of escape; frequent in prose till late 17c. Related: Scaped (sometimes 15c.-16c. with strong past tense scope); scaping. As a noun from c.1300.

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