See also: -scape


Etymology 1Edit

From Latin scāpus, from (Doric) Ancient Greek σκᾶπος (skâpos). Doublet of native English shaft.


scape (plural scapes)

  1. (botany) A leafless stalk growing directly out of a root.
  2. The basal segment of an insect's antenna (i.e. the part closest to the body).
  3. The basal part of the ovipositor of an insect, more specifically known as the oviscape.
  4. (architecture) The shaft of a column.
  5. (architecture) The apophyge of a shaft.

Etymology 2Edit

Formed by aphesis from escape.

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scape (third-person singular simple present scapes, present participle scaping, simple past and past participle scaped)

  1. (archaic) to escape
    • c. 1600, John Donne, Elegy IX: The Autumnal, in Poems (1633)
      No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
      As I have seen in one autumnal face.
      Young beauties force our love, and that's a rape,
      This doth but counsel, yet you cannot scape.


scape (plural scapes)

  1. (archaic) escape
  2. (obsolete) A means of escape; evasion.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Donne to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) A freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade.
  4. (obsolete) A loose act of vice or lewdness.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

Etymology 3Edit

Probably imitative.


scape (plural scapes)

  1. The cry of the snipe when flushed.
  2. The snipe itself.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for scape in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)





  1. vocative singular of scāpus





  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of scăpa
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of scăpa