American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Secure from danger, harm, or evil.
- adj. Free from danger or injury; unhurt: safe and sound.
- adj. Free from risk; sure: a safe bet.
- adj. Affording protection: a safe place.
- adj. Baseball Having reached a base without being put out, as a batter or base runner.
- n. A metal container usually having a lock, used for storing valuables.
- n. A repository for protecting stored items, especially a cooled compartment for perishable foods: a cheese safe.
- n. Slang A condom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unharmed; unscathed; without having received injury or hurt: as, to arrive safe and sound; to bring goods safe to land.
- Free from risk or danger; secure from harm or liability to harm or injury: as, a safe place; a safe harbor; safe from disease, enemies, etc.
- Secure; not dangerous or liable to cause injury or harm; not likely to expose to danger: as, a safe bridge; the building was pronounced safe; the safe side of a file (the uncut side, also called the safe-edge).
- No longer dangerous; placed beyond the power of doing harm.
- Sound; whole; good.
- Trusty; trustworthy: as, a safe adviser.
- Sure; certain.
- Synonyms and Safe, Secure. These words once conformed in meaning to their derivations, safe implying free from danger present or prospective, and secure free from fear or anxiety about danger; they are so used in the quotation. Now the two words are essentially synonymous, except that secure is perhaps stronger, especially in emphasizing freedom from occasion to fear.
- n. Safety.
- n. A place or structure for the storage of money, papers, or valuables in safety from risk of theft or fire. Safes as now made may be divided into two classes: stationary safes of stone, brick, or metal, built as part of the structure of a warehouse, store, or other building, and commonly called
vaults; and portable safes of steel and iron. The term safe is usually restricted to portable safes, whatever their size or material. These safes are usually of two or more metals, as cast-iron, chilled iron, and steel, combined in various ways to resist drilling, and are made with hollow walls filled with some non-conductor of heat. A great variety of devices have been added to safes to insure greater efficiency, such as rabbeted air tight doors, time-locks, and burglar-alarms. See lock, alarm, 5, safe-deposit, and phrases below.
- n. A receptacle for the storage of meat and provisions. It is usually a skeleton frame of wood covered with fine wire netting to keep out insects.
- n. Any receptacle for storing things in safety: as, a match-safe, milk-safe, coin-safe, etc.
- n. A floating box or car for confining living fish.
- n. A sheet of lead with the sides turned up, placed under a plumbing fixture to catch moisture or fluids due to leaks or carelessness, and thus protect floors and ceilings.
- n. In saddlery, a piece of leather placed beneath a buckle to prevent chafing.
- n. In distilling, a closed vessel attached by a pipe to the worm of a still, for the retention of a sample of the product, to be subsequently inspected by excise officers.
- To render safe.
- To escort to safety; safeguard.
- adj. Not in danger; free from harm's reach.
- adj. Free from risk; harmless, riskless.
- adj. Providing protection from danger; providing shelter.
- adj. baseball When a batter successfully reaches first base, or when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base or returns to the base he last occupied; not out.
- adj. Properly secured; secure.
- adj. Not in danger from the specified source of harm.
- adj. UK, slang Great, cool, awesome, respectable; a term of approbation.
- adj. Reliable.
- adj. Cautious.
- n. A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping.
- n. slang A condom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Free from harm, injury, or risk; untouched or unthreatened by danger or injury; unharmed; unhurt; secure; whole.
- adj. Conferring safety; securing from harm; not exposing to danger; confining securely; to be relied upon; not dangerous
- adj. Incapable of doing harm; no longer dangerous; in secure care or custody.
- n. A strong and fireproof receptacle (as a movable chest of steel, etc., or a closet or vault of brickwork) for containing money, valuable papers, or the like.
- n. A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.
- v. obsolete To render safe; to make right.
- n. strongbox where valuables can be safely kept
- adj. (of an undertaking) secure from risk
- n. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
- adj. having reached a base without being put out
- adj. financially sound
- adj. free from danger or the risk of harm
- n. a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests
- From Middle English safe, saf, saaf, from Old French sauf, saulf, salf ("safe"), from Latin salvus ("whole, safe"), from Proto-Indo-European *salw-, *solw-, *slōw- (“safe, healthy”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sauf, from Old French, from Latin salvus, healthy; see sol- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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