1. the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions;
- Example: "insure the safety of the children"
- Example: "the reciprocal of safety is risk"
2. a safe place;
- Example: "He ran to safety"
[syn: safety, refuge]
3. a device designed to prevent injury or accidents;
[syn: guard, safety, safety device]
4. (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely;
[syn: base hit, safety]
5. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse;
[syn: condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylactic]
6. a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Safety \Safe"ty\, n. [Cf. F. sauvet['e].] 1. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Would there were any safety in thy sex, That I might put a thousand sorrows off, And credit thy repentance! --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 3. Preservation from escape; close custody. [1913 Webster] Imprison him, . . . Deliver him to safety; and return. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Amer. Football) 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] 5. Short for Safety bicycle. [archaic] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 6. 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. [archaic] [PJC]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
safety n 1: the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions; "insure the safety of the children"; "the reciprocal of safety is risk" [ant: danger] 2: a safe place; "He ran to safety" [syn: safety, refuge] 3: a device designed to prevent injury or accidents [syn: guard, safety, safety device] 4: (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely [syn: base hit, safety] 5: contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse [syn: condom, rubber, safety, safe, prophylactic] 6: a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal lineMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
81 Moby Thesaurus words for "safety": aegis, arm guard, assurance, backstop, buffer, bulwark, bumper, contraceptive, copyright, cover, crash helmet, cushion, dashboard, defense, dodger, eye, face mask, fender, finger guard, foot guard, fuse, goggles, governor, guard, guardrail, hand guard, handrail, hard hat, helmet, impregnability, insulation, interlock, inviolability, invulnerability, knee guard, knuckle guard, laminated glass, lee, life preserver, lifeline, lightning conductor, lightning rod, mask, mudguard, nose guard, pad, padding, palladium, patent, pilot, preservation, preventive, prophylactic, protection, protective clothing, protective custody, protective umbrella, refuge, safeguard, safekeeping, safeness, safety glass, safety plug, safety rail, safety shoes, safety switch, safety valve, sanctuary, screen, seat belt, security, shade, shadow, shelter, shield, shin guard, sun helmet, umbrella, watchful eye, windscreen, windshieldThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
safety See safe, safety-critical system.