Safety match
Safety chain Safety chain (a) (Railroads) A normally slack chain for preventing excessive movement between a truck and a car body in sluing. (b) An auxiliary watch chain, secured to the clothes, usually out of sight, to prevent stealing of the watch. (c) A chain of sheet metal links with an elongated hole through each broad end, made up by doubling the first link on itself, slipping the next link through and doubling, and so on. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Safety arch} (Arch.), a discharging arch. See under {Discharge}, v. t.

{Safety belt}, a belt made of some buoyant material, or which is capable of being inflated, so as to enable a person to float in water; a life preserver.

{Safety buoy}, a buoy to enable a person to float in water; a safety belt.

{Safety cage} (Mach.), a cage for an elevator or mine lift, having appliances to prevent it from dropping if the lifting rope should break.

{Safety lamp}. (Mining) See under {Lamp}.

{Safety match}, a match which can be ignited only on a surface specially prepared for the purpose.

{Safety pin}, a pin made in the form of a clasp, with a guard covering its point so that it will not prick the wearer.

{Safety plug}. See {Fusible plug}, under {Fusible}.

{Safety switch}. See {Switch}.

{Safety touchdown} (Football), the act or result of a player's touching to the ground behind his own goal line a ball which received its last impulse from a man on his own side; -- distinguished from touchback. See {Touchdown}. Same as {safety}

{Safety tube} (Chem.), a tube to prevent explosion, or to control delivery of gases by an automatic valvular connection with the outer air; especially, a bent funnel tube with bulbs for adding those reagents which produce unpleasant fumes or violent effervescence.

{Safety valve}, a valve which is held shut by a spring or weight and opens automatically to permit the escape of steam, or confined gas, water, etc., from a boiler, or other vessel, when the pressure becomes too great for safety; also, sometimes, a similar valve opening inward to admit air to a vessel in which the pressure is less than that of the atmosphere, to prevent collapse. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • safety match — n a match that you can light only by rubbing it along a special surface on the side of its box …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • safety match — safety ,match noun count a match that will only light when it is rubbed on the special surface on the side of its box …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • safety match — ► NOUN ▪ a match that ignites only when struck on a specially prepared surface, such as that on the side of a matchbox …   English terms dictionary

  • safety match — n. a match that will light only when it is struck on a prepared surface …   English World dictionary

  • safety match — noun a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface • Syn: ↑book matches • Hypernyms: ↑match, ↑lucifer, ↑friction match * * * ˈsafety match 7 [safety match] …   Useful english dictionary

  • safety match — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms safety match : singular safety match plural safety matches a match that will only light when it is rubbed on the special surface on the side of its box …   English dictionary

  • safety match — match used for creating a fire …   English contemporary dictionary

  • safety match — safe′ty match n. a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • safety match — noun Date: 1857 a match capable of being struck and ignited only on a specially prepared friction surface …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • safety match — a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

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