verb (used with object), res·cued, res·cu·ing.
- rescue dog,
- rescue grass,
- rescue mission,
Origin of rescue
Examples from the Web for rescue
He was killed by his captors during the U.S. rescue attempt in Yemen in December.
As night fell, the rescue operation slowed and sea conditions worsened.
It took 12 hours to rescue just 100 passengers overnight Sunday.
But the ships deployed already have been involved in the rescue of more than 1,000 people during their first month of operation.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And eight months on, anger lingers over the ineffective attempts to rescue the missing schoolgirls.
His mate broke into a laugh, but made no attempt to rescue him.Chatterbox, 1905.|Various
In an attempt at rescue, one man was killed, and three were seriously wounded.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
Didn't I rescue you from certain death with these two hands?All Around the Moon|Jules Verne
State socialism rescued them from the worst of that, and means to rescue them from all of it.Parenthood and Race Culture|Caleb Williams Saleeby
Our superior achievements—lifeboat, guns, the rescue from that reptile?West Of The Sun|Edgar Pangborn
verb -cues, -cuing or -cued (tr)
- the act or an instance of rescuing
- (as modifier)a rescue party
Word Origin for rescue
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.