from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of compensating automatically and safely for a failure, as of a mechanism or power source.
- adj. Acting to discontinue a military attack on the occurrence of any of various predetermined conditions.
- adj. Guaranteed not to fail: "There is no fail-safe mechanism guaranteed either to contain or to restore presidential authority” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- n. A fail-safe mechanism.
- intransitive v. To compensate automatically for failure.
- transitive v. To render fail-safe: fail-safed the computer against power outages.
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- adj. That doesn't cause undue damage, in the event of failure.
- n. A fail-safe device or mechanism.
- v. To compensate automatically, in the event of a failure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction
- n. a mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction
- adj. guaranteed not to fail
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