Definition of Safety

1. Noun. The state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions. "The reciprocal of safety is risk"

Generic synonyms: Condition, Status
Specialized synonyms: Biosafety, Risklessness, Impregnability, Invulnerability, Salvation, Security
Antonyms: Danger

2. Noun. A safe place. "He ran to safety"
Exact synonyms: Refuge
Generic synonyms: Area, Country
Specialized synonyms: Harborage, Harbourage

3. Noun. A device designed to prevent injury or accidents.
Exact synonyms: Guard, Safety Device
Generic synonyms: Device
Specialized synonyms: Fender, Safety Catch, Safety Lock

4. Noun. (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely.
Exact synonyms: Base Hit
Generic synonyms: Hit
Specialized synonyms: Home Run, Homer, Bingle, Single, Double, Two-bagger, Two-base Hit, Two-baser, Three-bagger, Three-base Hit, Triple
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game

5. Noun. Contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse.

6. Noun. A score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line.
Generic synonyms: Score
Category relationships: American Football, American Football Game

Definition of Safety

1. n. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss.

2. n. A safety touchdown.

Definition of Safety

1. Noun. The condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty. ¹

2. Noun. (mechanics) A mechanism on a weapon or dangerous equipment designed to prevent accidental firing. ¹

3. Noun. (American football) An instance of a player being sacked or tackled in the end zone, or steps out of the end zone and off the field, resulting in two points for the opposite team. ¹

4. Noun. (American football) Any of the defensive players who are in position furthest from the line of scrimmage and whose responsibility is to defend against passes as well as to be the tacklers of last resort. ¹

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Definition of Safety

1. to protect against failure, breakage, or accident [v -TIED, -TYING, -TIES]

Medical Definition of Safety

1. 1. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss. "Up led by thee, Into the heaven I have presumed, An earthly guest . . . With like safety guided down, Return me to my native element." (Milton) 2. Freedom from whatever exposes one to danger or from libility to cause danger or harm; safeness; hence, the quality of making safe or secure, or of giving confidence, justifying trust, insuring against harm or loss, etc. "Would there were any safety in thy sex, That I might put a thousand sorrows off." (Beau. & Fl) 3. Preservation from escape; close custody. "Imprison him, . . . Deliver him to safety; and return." (Shak) 4. Same as Safety touchdown, below. Safety arch, a tube to prevent explosion, or to control delivery of gases by an automatic valvular connection with the outer air; especially, a bent funnel tube with bulbs for adding those reagents which produce unpleasant fumes or violent effervescence. Safety valve, a valve which is held shut by a spring or weight and opens automatically to permit the escape of steam, or confined gas, water, etc, from a boiler, or other vessel, when the pressure becomes too great for safety; also, sometimes, a similar valve opening inward to admit air to a vessel in which the pressure is less than that of the atmosphere, to prevent collapse. Origin: Cf. F. Sauvete. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Safety

safety-deposit box
safety arch
safety belt
safety belts
safety bicycle
safety bike
safety blitz
safety bolt
safety call
safety car
safety catch

Literary usage of Safety

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Survey 36: 47 Ap 8 '16 Let us make Oakland first in safety. ยก1 Am Civic martyrdom of Dr. Sucha. G. Taylor. Survey 36:105-0 Ap 22 '16 Sachs research ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"13 the safety is actuated by a drum having a hub provided with right and left ... Let us now imagine a falling car, equipped with a wedge clamp safety as ..."

3. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1892)
"The danger from breakage of the cable is also fully dealt with, an account of Atkinson's safety cable t being given. The author then discusses the ..."

4. Proceedings by Institution of Municipal Engineers, London, Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, Association of Municipal and Sanitary Engineers and Surveyors (1901)
"METHODS OF safety FOR THE OVERHEAD ELECTRIC TROLLEY SYSTEM. BY EDWARD MANVILLE. ... Methods of ensuring safety should a breakdown occur. ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Noteworthy among these are the safety valve and the gauges that indicate the ... All boilers, however well made, should have a "factor of safety" of five; ..."

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