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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. [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. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Would there were any safety in thy sex, That I might put a thousand sorrows off, And credit thy repentance! --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

3. Preservation from escape; close custody. [1913 Webster]

Imprison him, . . . Deliver him to safety; and return. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

5. Short for {Safety bicycle}. [archaic] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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] [PJC]


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  • Lock — Lock, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel. l[=u]ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break. Cf. {Locket}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lock — Lock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Locked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Locking}.] 1. To fasten with a lock, or as with a lock; to make fast; to prevent free movement of; as, to lock a door, a carriage wheel, a river, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. To prevent ingress or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lock — lock1 [läk] n. [ME < OE loc, a bolt, bar, enclosure, prison, akin to Ger loch, a hole, ON lok, a lid, prob. < IE base * leug , to bend > Gr lygos, supple twig, L luctȧri, to struggle] 1. a mechanical device furnished with a bolt and,… …   English World dictionary

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  • Lock — Lock, v. i. To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close. [1913 Webster] When it locked none might through it pass. Spenser. [1913 Webster] {To lock into}, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each other.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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