(noun, verb)


1. the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions

- insure the safety of the children

- the reciprocal of safety is risk

Definition categories: state, condition, status

2. a safe place

- He ran to safety

Similar word(s): refuge

Definition categories: location, area, country

3. a device designed to prevent injury or accidents

Similar word(s): guard

Definition categories: man–made, device

4. (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

Definition categories: act, hit

5. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

Similar word(s): condom, prophylactic, rubber, safe

Definition categories: man–made, contraceptive, preventative, preventive

6. a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line

Definition categories: act, score

Sentences with safety as a noun:

- If you push it to the limit, safety is not guaranteed.

- Be sure that the safety is set before proceeding.

- He sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety.

- The free safety made a game-saving tackle on the runner who had broken past the linebackers.


1. (transitive) To secure (a mechanical component, as in aviation) to keep it from becoming detached even under vibration.