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Definition of SAFETY
: the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss
: a device (as on a weapon or a machine) designed to prevent inadvertent or hazardous operation
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
: to protect against failure, breakage, or accident <safety a rifle>
First Known Use of SAFETY
Activities that seek to minimize or to eliminate hazardous conditions that can cause bodily injury. Occupational safety is concerned with risks in areas where people work: offices, manufacturing plants, farms, construction sites, and commercial and retail facilities. Public safety is concerned with hazards in the home, in travel and recreation, and in other situations that do not fall within the scope of occupational safety.