1. The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation. "Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot." (Shak)

2. The forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of things lawfully distrained. The forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or imprisonment.

The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy. "The rescue of a prisoner from the court is punished with perpetual imprisonment and forfeiture of goods." (Blackstone) Rescue grass. [Etymol. Uncertain.

<botany> A tall grass (Ceratochloa unioloides) somewhat resembling chess, cultivated for hay and forage in the Southern States.

Origin: From Rescue,; cf. Rescous.

(01 Mar 1998)

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