• Neuralligy wuz a safe subject
    Neuralligy wuz a safe subject
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj safe (of an undertaking) secure from risk
    • adj safe free from danger or the risk of harm "a safe trip","you will be safe here","a safe place","a safe bet"
    • adj safe having reached a base without being put out "the runner was called safe when the baseman dropped the ball"
    • adj safe financially sound "a good investment","a secure investment"
    • n safe contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
    • n safe strongbox where valuables can be safely kept
    • n safe a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The match safe The match safe
"The safe arrival at Washington." P. 98 "The safe arrival at Washington." P. 98

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Water that is safe to drink is referred to as POTABLE
    • n Safe A place for keeping things in safety.
    • Safe Conferring safety; securing from harm; not exposing to danger; confining securely; to be relied upon; not dangerous; as, a safe harbor; a safe bridge, etc. "The man of safe discretion.""The King of heaven hath doomed
      This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat."
    • Safe Free from harm, injury, or risk; untouched or unthreatened by danger or injury; unharmed; unhurt; secure; whole; as, safe from disease; safe from storms; safe from foes. "And ye dwelled safe .""They escaped all safe to land.""Established in a safe , unenvied throne."
    • Safe Incapable of doing harm; no longer dangerous; in secure care or custody; as, the prisoner is safe . "But Banquo's safe ?
      Ay, my good lord, safe in a ditch he bides."
    • v. t Safe To render safe; to make right.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Although explorers brought potatoes back from the New World in the early 1500s, Europeans were afraid to eat them for fear that the spuds would give them leprosy. It wasn't until Louis XVI, who was looking for a cheap food source for his starving subjects, served them at the royal table that people were convinced potatoes were safe to eat.
    • safe Unharmed; unscathed; without having received injury or hurt: as, to arrive safe and sound; to bring goods safe to land.
    • safe 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.
    • safe 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).
    • safe No longer dangerous; placed beyond the power of doing harm.
    • safe Sound; whole; good.
    • safe Trusty; trustworthy: as, a safe adviser.
    • safe Sure; certain.
    • safe 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 safe Safety.
    • n safe 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 safe 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 safe Any receptacle for storing things in safety: as, a match-safe, milk-safe, coin-safe, etc.
    • n safe A floating box or car for confining living fish.
    • n safe 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 safe In saddlery, a piece of leather placed beneath a buckle to prevent chafing.
    • n safe 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.
    • safe To render safe.
    • safe To escort to safety; safeguard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bozeman, Montana, has a law that bans all sexual activity between members of the opposite sex in the front yard of a home after sundownif they're nude. (Apparently, if you wear socks, you're safe from the law!)
    • adj Safe sāf unharmed: free from danger or injury: secure: securing from danger or injury: no longer dangerous: clear: trusty: sound: certain
    • n Safe a chest or closet for money, &c., safe against fire, thieves, &c., generally of iron: a chest or cupboard for meats:
    • v.t Safe to safeguard
    • v.t Safe to protect
    • n Safe (coll.) a safety-bicycle
    • ***


  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The coward threatens when he is safe.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “The world must be made safe for democracy.”
  • Jimmy Johnson
    Jimmy Johnson
    “Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?”
  • Ovid
    “Daring is not safe against daring men.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “He that's secure is not safe.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “It is better to be safe than sorry.”


Better safe than sorry - This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
Safe and sound - If you arrive safe and sound, then nothing has harmed you on your way.
Safe as houses - Something that is as safe as houses is very secure or certain.
Safe bet - A proposition that is a safe bet doesn't have any risks attached.
Safe pair of hands - A person who can be trusted to do something without causing any trouble is a safe pair of hands.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sauf, F. sauf, fr. L. salvus, akin to salus, health, welfare, safety. Cf. Salute Salvation Sage a plant, Save Salvo an exception


In literature:

Was this Presnovich somebody that girl Katia knew and wanted to get safely away?
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
We have been down together without diving suits and here we are safe and sound on land again!
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
The sooner we smoke their bacon, the sooner the Holston and Clinch and Tygart's Valley will be safe for our women and children.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
In fact, it is hardly safe for us to be about in daylight anywhere.
"Two Daring Young Patriots" by W. P. Shervill
He found the jaunty-looking person taking some papers from the safe.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
I'm safe here, except for you; and you've got to let me alone.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
May the good God bring you back safe and sound.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
I only hope I shall be able to keep you safe from your enemies.
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
He plunged into the torrent, clothes and all, and brought the old man safely ashore.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
This might be a somewhat dull and dreary life for thee, but were it not a safe one?
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

But he was safe!--that very day
Farewell, it had been her's to say;
And he was gone to his own land,
To seek another maiden's hand.
"The Troubadour. Canto 4" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
And thus unto the youth she said,
That drove them to the Bell,
“This shall be yours, when you bring back
My husband safe and well.”
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Returnest thou safe from the war?
"Where are thy friends, my love? I
heard of thy death on the hill; I heard
and mourned thee, Shilric!"
"Fragment II" by James Macpherson
Said Andrew, "Now you're glad, I know,
"To se-se-see us come;--
"But I have taken care of both,
"And brought them bo-bo-both safe home."
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
And pray'd "that God would grant them help,
And bring them safely through."
The whisper'd prayer was borne above,
Was heard, and answered too:
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
How safe beneath thy wings I lie,
When days grow dark and storms appear;
And when I walk, thy watchful eye
Shall guide me safe from every snare.
"Psalm 32 Part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Brows can also safely be dyed by an experienced hair colorist, she adds.
Teachers would say it was best to do a task with a friend so it would get done faster and more safely.
How safe do you make the plant where your employees work.
The 738 foot Singapore flagged bulk carrier, M/V Pinnacle Bliss safely embarked the fishermen after their unknown distress, been diverted to the scene by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
That no longer can you say something is "as safe as Fort Knox".
Once inside, they tried to open but only damaged a locked safe.
The burglar forced the front door open and then stole the safe and some cash, Nolte said.
"The vault was little more than a closet, and the door to the safe was little more than the front of a steel door to a house," Peterson said.
Women seek safe place for kittens rescued from burlap sack.
All the company's fire trucks were safely removed from the building.
Monday morning, he was found in Washington, DC safe and unharmed, say.
Daily Intel is a safe place.
Deciding on a safe level.
Is it safe to store CANNED FOOD S in my garage.
Is it safe to store CANNED FOODS in my garage.

In science:

E−W )−1 ! (1 − eiαt ) I (α) = Z ∞ −∞ − Z (E+W )−1 The first integral equals π |α| and in the second integral one can safely use perturbation theory in α.
Singular statistics
Thus it is safe to replace the forcing P with Q.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Indeed, in this case one can safely move the boundary ¯x = η1/2 to infinity.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
This, in the Standard Model, is so high that we can safely approximate the scalar condensate as a zero-temperature system.
A connection between gravity and the Higgs field
Firstly, S ′ γ supports statically type-safe strategic programming.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies