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escalade the act of climbing a fortified wall by ladder. [2 definitions]
escalate to increase in intensity, scope, or size. [2 definitions]
escalation increase in amount, scope, or intensity.
escalator a moving stairway that operates on a belt mechanism to carry people between floors, as of a department store, airport, or train station.
escalator clause a clause in a contract that provides for adjustment in prices, wages, and the like, based on changes in production costs, the cost of living, or the like.
escallop to bake (cut or sliced food) in sauce, often with a breadcrumb topping, and sometimes in scallop shells. [2 definitions]
escapade a wild adventure or prank, usu. mischievous or mildly wicked.
escape to free oneself from physical confinement. [11 definitions]
escapee someone who has escaped, esp. from a prison or mental institution.
escape mechanism a psychological strategy that a person uses to evade something disagreeable.
escapement the part of a mechanical watch or clock that controls the mechanism by the movement of a toothed wheel. [2 definitions]
escape velocity the minimum speed by which an object can become free from the field of gravity of a planet, star, or the like.
escapism the tendency to escape from or avoid reality by absorbing oneself in fantasies or other entertainment.
escarole a variety of endive having broad, frilled leaves, used in salads.
escarpment a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or fault line. [2 definitions]
-escence state, condition, act, or process.
-escent beginning to be; beginning; becoming. [3 definitions]
escheat in law, the reversion of property to the state when there are no heirs. [4 definitions]
escheatable combined form of escheat.
eschew to avoid or forgo; shun.
escort a protective group of persons or vehicles accompanying other persons or vehicles. [5 definitions]