- An example of safety is when you wear a seat belt.
- An example of safety is a safety belt.
Safety is a state of being protected from potential harm or something that has been designed to protect and prevent harm.
- the quality or condition of being safe; freedom from danger, injury, or damage; security
- any of certain devices for preventing an accident or an undesirable effect; specif.,
- a catch or locking device on a firearm that prevents it from firingalso safety catch or safety lock
- Slang a condom
- a catch or locking device on a firearm that prevents it from firing
- Baseball base hit
- a play in which the defensive team is awarded two points as by tackling the offensive ball carrier behind the offensive team's goal line
- a defensive back who is primarily responsible for covering pass receivers in the middle of the defensive backfield
Origin of safetyMiddle English sauvete from Middle French sauveté from Old French salvetet from Medieval Latin salvitas, safety from Classical Latin salvus: see safe
giving safety; reducing danger or harm
- The condition of being safe; freedom from danger, risk, or injury.
- A device designed to prevent accidents, as a lock on a firearm preventing accidental firing.
- Football a. A play in which a member of the offensive team downs the ball or is tackled or forced out of bounds behind his own goal line, resulting in two points for the defensive team.b. Either of two defensive backs normally positioned behind the linebackers in the middle of the backfield.
(countable and uncountable, plural safeties)
- The condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty.
- If you push it to the limit, safety is not guaranteed.
- (mechanics) A mechanism on a weapon or dangerous equipment designed to prevent accidental firing.
- Be sure that the safety is set before proceeding.
- (American football) An instance of a player being sacked or tackled in the end zone, or steps out of the end zone and off the field, resulting in two points for the opposite team.
- He sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety.
- (American football) Any of the defensive players who are in position furthest from the line of scrimmage and whose responsibility is to defend against passes as well as to be the tacklers of last resort.
- The free safety made a game-saving tackle on the runner who had broken past the linebackers.
From Old French sauvetÃ©, from an earlier salvetet, from Medieval Latin salvitas, salvitatem, from Latin salvus.