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Noun safety has 6 senses


safetyn. [Cf. F. sauveté.].
  •  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.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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!
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Preservation from escape; close custody.  [1913 Webster]
    "Imprison him, . . .
    Deliver him to safety; and return.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.]
  •  Short for Safety bicycle.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  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.  [PJC]


safety, n. (pl. -ies)
1 the condition of being safe; freedom from danger or risks.
2 (attrib.) a designating any of various devices for preventing injury from machinery (safety bar; safety lock). b designating items of protective clothing (safety helmet).

1 = seat-belt.
2 a belt or strap securing a person to prevent injury. safety-catch a contrivance for locking a gun-trigger or preventing the accidental operation of machinery. safety curtain a fireproof curtain that can be lowered to cut off the auditorium in a theatre from the stage.
safety factor (or factor of safety)
1 the ratio of a material's strength to an expected strain.
2 a margin of security against risks. safety film a cinematographic film on a slow-burning or non-flammable base. safety first a motto advising caution.
safety fuse
1 a fuse (see FUSE(2)) containing a slow-burning composition for firing detonators from a distance.
2 Electr. a protective fuse (see FUSE(1)). safety glass glass that will not splinter when broken. safety harness a system of belts or restraints to hold a person to prevent falling or injury. safety lamp a miner's lamp so protected as not to ignite firedamp. safety match a match igniting only on a specially prepared surface. safety net a net placed to catch an acrobat etc. in case of a fall. safety pin a pin with a point that is bent back to the head and is held in a guard when closed. safety razor a razor with a guard to reduce the risk of cutting the skin.
1 (in a steam boiler) a valve opening automatically to relieve excessive pressure.
2 a means of giving harmless vent to excitement etc. safety zone US an area of a road marked off for pedestrians etc. to wait safely.
ME sauvete f. OF sauvet{eacute} f. med.L salvitas -tatis f. L salvus (as SAFE)



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, windshield




N safety, security, surety, impregnability, invulnerability, invulnerableness, danger past, danger over, storm blown over, coast clear, escape, means of escape, blow valve, safety valve, release valve, sniffing valve, safeguard, palladium, guardianship, wardship, wardenship, tutelage, custody, safekeeping, preservation, protection, auspices, safe-conduct, escort, convoy, guard, shield, guardian angel, tutelary god, tutelary deity, tutelary saint, genius loci, protector, guardian, warden, warder, preserver, custodian, duenna, chaperon, third person, watchdog, bandog, Cerberus, watchman, patrolman, policeman, cop, dick, fuzz, smokey, peeler, zarp, sentinel, sentry, scout, garrison, guardship, refuge &c, anchor, precaution, quarantine, cordon sanitaire, confidence, protect, take care of, preserve, cover, screen, shelter, shroud, flank, ward, guard, secure, entrench, intrench, fence round, house, nestle, ensconce, take charge of, escort, convoy, garrison, watch, mount guard, patrol, make assurance doubly sure, take up a loose thread, take precautions, double reef topsails, seek safety, take shelter, find shelter, Adj, safe, secure, sure, in safety, in security, on the safe side, under the shield of, under the shade of, under the wing of, under the shadow of one's wing, under cover, under lock and key, out of danger, out of the woods, out of the meshes, out of harm's way, unharmed, unscathed, on sure ground, at anchor, high and dry, above water, unthreatened, unmolested, protected, cavendo tutus, panoplied, snug, seaworthy, weatherproof, waterproof, fireproof, defensible, tenable, proof against, invulnerable, unassailable, unattackable, impenetrable, impregnable, imperdible, inexpugnable, Achillean, safe and sound, scathless, unhazarded, not dangerous, unthreatening, harmless, friendly (cooperative), protecting, protective, guardian, tutelary, preservative, trustworthy, ex abundanti cautela, with impunity, all's well, salva res est, suave mari magno, a couvert, e terra alterius spectare laborem, Dieu vous garde.

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