Safety

Definition of Safety

Safe´ty
n.1.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.
- Milton.
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.
Would there were any safety in thy sex,
That I might put a thousand sorrows off,
And credit thy repentance!
- Beau. & Fl.
3.Preservation from escape; close custody.
Imprison him, . . .
Deliver him to safety; and return.
- Shak.
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.
5.Short for Safety bicycle.
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.

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