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safety    : [s'efti]
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.
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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.
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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.
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Would there were any safety in thy sex,
That I might put a thousand sorrows off,
And credit thy repentance! --Beau. & Fl.
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3. Preservation from escape; close custody.
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Imprison him, . . .
Deliver him to safety; and return. --Shak.
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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.
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5. Short for {Safety bicycle}. [archaic]
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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]

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" [synonym: {safety}, {refuge}]
3: a device designed to prevent injury or accidents [synonym:
{guard}, {safety}, {safety device}]
4: (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such
a way that the batter reaches base safely [synonym: {base hit},
5: contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or
latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse [synonym:
{condom}, {rubber}, {safety}, {safe}, {prophylactic}]
6: a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his
own goal line

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, windshield

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