I. noun (plural safeties) Etymology: Middle English saufte, from Anglo-French salveté, saufté, from salf safe Date: 14th century 1. the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss 2. a device (as on a weapon or a machine) designed to prevent inadvertent or hazardous operation 3. a. (1) a situation in football in which a member of the offensive team is tackled behind its own goal line that counts two points for the defensive team — compare touchback (2) a member of a defensive backfield in football who occupies the deepest position in order to receive a kick, defend against a forward pass, or stop a ballcarrier b. a billiard shot made with no attempt to score or so as to leave the balls in an unfavorable position for the opponent c. base hit II. transitive verb (safetied; safetying) Date: 1927 to protect against failure, breakage, or accident <
safety a rifle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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