I. noun Date: 1651 1. a. the business of insuring persons or property b. coverage by contract whereby one party undertakes to indemnify or guarantee another against loss by a specified contingency or peril c. the sum for which something is insured 2. a means of guaranteeing protection or safety <
the contract is your insurance against price changes
II. adjective Date: 1954 being a score that adds to a team's lead and makes it impossible for the opposing team to tie the game with its next score <
an insurance run

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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