Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of being safe; freedom from danger, risk, or injury.
  • n. A device designed to prevent accidents, as a lock on a firearm preventing accidental firing.
  • n. Football A play in which a member of the offensive team downs the ball, willingly or unwillingly, behind his own goal line, resulting in two points for the defensive team.
  • n. Football One of two defensive backs; a safetyman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty.
  • n. A mechanism on a weapon or dangerous equipment designed to prevent accidental firing.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss.
  • n. Freedom from whatever exposes one to danger or from liability 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.
  • n. Preservation from escape; close custody.
  • n. the act or result of a ball-carrier on the offensive team being tackled behind his own goal line, or the downing of a ball behind the offensive team's own goal line when it had been carried or propelled behind that goal line by a player on the offensive tream; such a play causes a score of two points to be awarded to the defensive team; -- it is distinguished from touchback, when the ball is downed behind the goal after being propelled there or last touched by a player of the defending team. See Touchdown. Same as Safety touchdown, below.
  • n. Short for Safety bicycle.
  • n. a switch on a firearm that locks the trigger and prevents the firearm from being discharged unintentionally; -- also called safety catch, safety lock, or lock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Immunity from harm or danger; preservation or freedom from injury, loss, or hurt.
  • n. An unharmed or uninjured state or condition: as, to escape in safety.
  • n. Freedom from risk or possible damage or hurt; safeness.
  • n. A safeguard.
  • n. Safe-keeping; close custody.
  • n. A safety-bicycle.
  • n. In foot-ball, a safety touch-down.
  • n. Defensive strategy at billiards. In America, since 1879, deliberate resort to misses has been restricted by limiting such misses to three in succession, and contingently to two.
  • n. In base-ball, a safe hit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line
  • n. a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
  • n. (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
  • n. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
  • n. the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
  • n. a safe place

Etymologies

From Old French sauveté, from an earlier salvetet, from Medieval Latin salvitas, salvitatem, from Latin salvus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    Michael Pollan has it right about 'food safety'

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    Clintons promote their second Monsanto 'fake food safety' plan that destroys farmers

  • The term "safety play" refers to one of any number of techniques for overcoming an adverse distribution, perhaps sacrificing an overtrick to ensure a contract.

    A spectacular danger play

  • But Mitt's bigger error wasn't saying "very poor," it was in fact using the term "safety net" -- over and over again.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • It was the word safety Antrel Rolle repeatedly used, too, Monday.

    The Giants Aren't Finished (Yet)

  • The firing pin safety is pushed upward and out of the way only when the trigger is pulled.

    i looked at a glock 27 today to use as a backup weapon for my job.

  • She does print a somewhat less damning picture taken moments earlier, which as honesty goes is fair enough, and her own account of what happened during a "two-minute lapse of sanity [that] will haunt me until I die" is predictably overwrought, a mite disingenuous, and as fascinating as a lecture on zeppelin safety from the Hindenburg's captain.

    Calamity Jane

  • The reason you can walk down the streets of Toronto tonight in safety is not because there is good will in Toronto.

    With the Canadians in Normandy

  • The quickest way to get back home in safety is to get down at your balloon and get away again.

    Experiences of a Canadian Aviator in France

  • Give me your word that you will not stimulate suspicion by remonstrating with Edward against your own arrest till the court leaves Durham, and I will instantly find a way to conduct your friend in safety from the castle.

    The Scottish Chiefs

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  • Universal guide to safety.

    October 13, 2009

  • WeirdNet is being very precise today.

    December 21, 2008