• WordNet 3.6
    • n safety (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
    • n safety a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line
    • n safety contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
    • n safety a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
    • n safety a safe place "He ran to safety"
    • n safety 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Safety bicycle Safety bicycle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walter Hunt patented the safety pin in 1849. He later sold the patent rights for only $400.
    • Safety 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.
    • Safety 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. "Would there were any safety in thy sex,
      That I might put a thousand sorrows off,
      And credit thy repentance!"
    • Safety Preservation from escape; close custody. "Imprison him, . . . Deliver him to safety ; and return."
    • Safety Short for Safety bicycle.
    • Safety (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.
    • Safety The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss. "Up led by thee,
      Into the heaven I have presumed,
      An earthly guest . . . With like safety guided down,
      Return me to my native element."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The safety pin was patented in 1849 by Walter Hunt. He sold the patent rights for $400.
    • n safety Immunity from harm or danger; preservation or freedom from injury, loss, or hurt.
    • n safety An unharmed or uninjured state or condition: as, to escape in safety.
    • n safety Freedom from risk or possible damage or hurt; safeness.
    • n safety A safeguard.
    • n safety Safe-keeping; close custody.
    • n safety A safety-bicycle.
    • n safety In foot-ball, a safety touch-down.
    • n safety 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 safety In base-ball, a safe hit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The number one reason people choose to buy a wireless phone is for safety (nearly 50% of those who own wireless phones purchased it for safety).
    • Safety freedom from danger or loss: close custody: a safeguard: Safe′ty-arch (archit.), an arch built in the body of a wall to relieve the pressure, as over a door or window
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  • Proverb
    “Caution is the parent of safety.”
  • Sir Hugh Walpole
    Sir Hugh Walpole
    “Don't play for safety -- it's the most dangerous thing in the world.”
  • Josh Billings
    “If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The best safety lies in fear.”
  • Justinian
    “Safety of the state is the highest law.”
  • John Fountain.
    John Fountain.
    “Happy were men if they but understood There is no safety but in doing good”


Safety in numbers - If a lot of people do something risky at the same time, the risk is reduced because there is safety in numbers.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. sauveté,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sauf—L. salvus; prob. allied to solus.


In literature:

The box had been placed upon a flat rock just behind them for safety.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I have got her off in time and safety!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
They reached the mission in safety, with their sad tidings.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Because Congress had failed to provide the means needful to our safety.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
They reach the foot of the Sierra in safety.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
They found themselves free, and reached England in safety.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
Virginia found that safety depended upon constant watchfulness.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
There was that Spanish merchantman calmly walking off to safety.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Tears of gratitude sprang into Murray's eyes, and his heart bounded with joy as he saw that Jack was in safety.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Are we to infer from this that Pitt and his cousin looked forward to a time when the monarchs could invade France with safety?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose

In poetry:

But death replied: 'I choose him.' So he went,
And there was silence in the summer night;
Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep.
Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.
"The Death-Bed" by Siegfried Sassoon
Well, put yourself in safety, my dear Joseph.
You and old Agata tell all the truth,
And they'll forgive you. It will not hurt me;
I shall be safe—you know me—never fear.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Then may the unbodied soul in safety fleet
Through the dark curtains of the world above,
Fresh from the stain of crime; nor fear to meet
The God whom here she would not learn to love;
"Second Sunday In Lent" by John Keble
This lesson and advice, to all, I give —
"The path of sin's not long with safety trod:
"And therefore all shou'd study, whilst they live,
"To pass their time here, in the fear of God."
"The Pastor's Complaint" by Rees Prichard
And they felt thankful to God for their safety,
And they danced around Old Jack with their hearts full of glee,
And Old Jack became a favourite from that day,
Because he saved them from being lost on the wild prairie.
"Lost on the Prairie" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Curse the hat!" he exclaims. "Nay come on and first hide
"The dead body," his comrade replies.
She beheld them in safety pass on by her side,
She seizes the hat, fear her courage supplied,
And fast thro' the Abbey she flies.
"Mary - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

The Public Safety Report is compiled from criminal complaints filed in state and federal courts, as well as some police blotter information, trooper dispatches, fire department reports and interviews with public safety officials.
The hospital recently received an "A" for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score.
The SRM Safety Relay Module from Moore Industries has been certified for single use in Safety Instrumented Systems up to SIL 2.
Safety won't be swept under the rug at Mohawk Industries' facilities, following an agreement the company reached with OSHA to improve fire safety protection at facilities nationwide.
Jersey City Bike Safety PSA Jersey City's new public service announcement on bike safety.
Support fire prevention and safety at the Fireman's Hall Museum Fire Safety Expo & Muster at the Philadelphia Fire Academy on Sunday.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) has recognized EAA's safety programs as key contributors in improving GA safety, particularly for experimental amateur-built aircraft.
ANSI/AIHA Z10-2012 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems provides organizations an effective tool for continual improvement of their occupational health and safety performance.
RURAL REFLECTIONS Five Acts of Farm Safety Act I Excluding safety Farm life has always involved lots of hard work.
Local government officials said the aircraft posed a safety risk after two recent Osprey crashes that recalled the aircraft 's shaky safety.
Safety advocates praise Senate introduction of motor vehicle and highway safety legislation.
Life Safety Code, 2012 Edition Advance occupant safety with NFPA 101.
Safety Coaching' and 'Workplace Fatigue' are the two latest pocket safety cards in the series published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).
This ASSE Refresher Guide is an aid for the safety practitioner preparing to take the Safety Fundamentals.
Yokogawa YS1700 Single Loop Controller is now qualified to be used in nuclear applications, non-safety seismic, and safety seismic applications, including nuclear safety.

In science:

Some physical, technical and technological aspects of source designing and construction, as well as safety problems, were considered in .
Status of the Experiment on the Laboratory Search for the Electron Antineutrino Magnetic Moment at the Level mu_nu < 3 s 10^{-12}mu_B
The presence of the charge function serves as a safety valve, which absorbs much of the fine tuning, necessary in the uncharged case.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Informally, ψ ⇒ χa has the meaning of the universal statement “If ψ is true, then χa must be true.” For simplicity, we omit here and in other places safety aspects (see (Eiter et al. 1999) for details).
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
We also present the verification procedures for the three safety properties of the implementation programs which have complex control-paths.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Three safety properties of the implementation are verified in Section 6.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications