from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Freedom from risk or danger; safety.
- n. Freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear; confidence.
- n. Something that gives or assures safety, as:
- n. A group or department of private guards: Call building security if a visitor acts suspicious.
- n. Measures adopted by a government to prevent espionage, sabotage, or attack.
- n. Measures adopted, as by a business or homeowner, to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault: Security was lax at the firm's smaller plant.
- n. Measures adopted to prevent escape: Security in the prison is very tight.
- n. Something deposited or given as assurance of the fulfillment of an obligation; a pledge.
- n. One who undertakes to fulfill the obligation of another; a surety.
- n. A document indicating ownership or creditorship; a stock certificate or bond.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of not being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally, or financially.
- n. Something that secures.
- n. An organization or department responsible for providing security by enforcing laws, rules, and regulations as well as maintaining order.
- n. Something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation or law.
- n. Freedom from apprehension.
- n. Proof of ownership of stocks, bonds or other investment instruments.W
- n. property temporarily relinquished to guarantee repayment of a loan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition or quality of being secure; secureness.
- n. Freedom from apprehension, anxiety, or care; confidence of power or safety; hence, assurance; certainty.
- n. Hence, carelessness; negligence; heedlessness.
- n. Freedom from risk; safety.
- n. That which secures or makes safe; protection; guard; defense.
- n. Something given, deposited, or pledged, to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation, the performance of a contract, the payment of a debt, or the like; surety; pledge.
- n. One who becomes surety for another, or engages himself for the performance of another's obligation.
- n. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond, a certificate of stock, etc..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being secure.
- n. Freedom from annoyance, harm, danger, or loss; safety.
- n. That which secures or makes safe; protection; defense; guard.
- n. A guaranty or pledge; something given or deposited as surety for the fulfilment of a promise or an obligation, the payment of a debt, or the like.
- n. A person who engages or pledges himself for the performance of another's obligations; one who becomes surety for another.
- n. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond or a certificate of stock: as, government securities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
- n. the state of being free from danger or injury
- n. a department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers
- n. freedom from anxiety or fear
- n. an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
- n. a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
- n. a guarantee that an obligation will be met
- n. measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.
- n. defense against financial failure; financial independence
Middle English securite, from Old French, from Latin sēcūritās, from sēcūrus, secure; see secure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English securite, from Old French (French: sécurité), from Latin securitas, from Latin securus "safe, secure". (Wiktionary)