escape valve

noun

plural escape valves
: safety valve
This dive watch's helium escape valve is conveniently located at 10 o'clock, so you and your watch can easily decompress as you surface.Lianna Sisinni
Sandia Mountain is more than a picturesque backdrop to Albuquerque … . It is an escape valve for a booming Sunbelt city.James Brooke
Dreaming is the psyche's escape valveSeth Morgan

Examples of escape valve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a certain kind of white Republican voter, Scott’s political career represents an escape valve in a society pressurized by its racist past. Robert Samuels, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2023 The sleek timepiece features a 41 mm steel case, a unidirectional rotating bezel in black ceramic, a screw-in crown, and a helium escape valve at 11 o’clock. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2023 The system works as a sort of escape valve, Kousser said, letting the majority in the state feel in power regardless of what’s happening in Washington, D.C. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2023 The 42 mm stainless-steel model, which is water-resistant up to 300 meters (984 feet), has stood out since its launch in 1993 thanks to a unique dive scale, skeleton hands and helium escape valve. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 June 2023 Her clothes remind us of the classic escape valve: putting on a great outfit to face the worst day. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 Maybe the quest to get to Mars that Elon Musk is so dearly pursuing would be an escape valve for the overpopulation on Earth. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The watch, which also features a helium escape valve (a feature for saturation dive watches developed by Rolex for releasing gas trapped within the watch) at 10 o’clock on the case, is powered by a brand new Blancpain movement, Calibre 13P8, which boasts an admirable five-day power reserve. WIRED, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of escape valve was in 1802

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“Escape valve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escape%20valve. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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