safety

noun
safe·​ty | \ ˈsāf-tē How to pronounce safety (audio) \
plural safeties

Definition of safety

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3a(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

safety

verb
safetied; safetying

Definition of safety (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to protect against failure, breakage, or accident safety a rifle

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Synonyms & Antonyms for safety

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of safety in a Sentence

Noun The changes were made in the interest of public safety. He made some suggestions about how to improve airline safety. I'm worried about the safety of the people who were left behind. We were reluctant to leave the relative safety of our hotel. She was only a mile from the safety of her home when the accident occurred. The car has been redesigned for improved safety. The toys are inspected for safety. They were led to safety by the rescuers. The injured hiker was finally able to reach safety.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quick urged motorists not to go around the barriers on Ditto Landing Road for safety. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Watch drone video of flooding on Tennessee River," 12 Feb. 2020 During their time here, the cranes roost at night along the Platte River, congregating on sandbars for safety from predators. USA TODAY, "Crane season, corporal punishment, Common Core: News from around our 50 states," 11 Feb. 2020 Wildfires, like the dangerous blazes of January 2020 in Australia, endanger health and safety. Saleh Ahmed, The Conversation, "Climate change impacts in Bangladesh show how geography, wealth and culture affect vulnerability," 11 Feb. 2020 A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered a series of errors by the officials responsible for safety during the three-round bout. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dennis Munson died in an amateur kickboxing bout in Milwaukee six years ago. Now his family lawsuit is settled.," 10 Feb. 2020 Although it has been used to heal wounds and burns for decades and most of the devices used to spin the blood have been cleared for safety by the FDA, PRP is not approved for use as a hair-loss treatment by the FDA. Washington Post, "Yes, women experience thinning hair, too. Here’s why, and possible treatments.," 10 Feb. 2020 The Betty Boop brand, along with Woman's Day and Johnson,all advocate for better heart health and safety precautions for women of all ages. Annie O’sullivan, Woman's Day, "The Empire State Building Lit Up Red to Show Support Heart Health," 6 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s a really soothing heat function (and an auto-shutoff feature for safety). Anna Borges, SELF, "This $38 Neck and Shoulder Massager Makes Me Feel Like a Self-Care Boss," 5 Feb. 2020 Asides from insecurity, evictions also happen under the guise of concern for the safety of the community’s residents with the growing risk of climate change effects, rising water levels and poor sanitary conditions mentioned as threats. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s largest city has a habit of kicking out its poor to make room for the rich," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Mallacoota, a coastal town in Victoria state, the Australian Navy on Friday began ferrying to safety some of the 4,000 people trapped there when flames cut off all escape routes on land. Jamie Tarabay, New York Times, "‘It’s Going to Be a Blast Furnace’: Australia Fires Intensify," 2 Jan. 2020 The positive gain was short lived as Bills safety Jordan Poyer forced a fumble on the Patriots running back and ran back 31 yards to give the Bills solid field position. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, "New England Patriots overcome Buffalo Bills to win AFC East for record 11th consecutive season," 21 Dec. 2019 Nova Scotia officials asked people in the province to stay off the roads so crews could safety remove trees and debris and restore power. Washington Post, "Dorian lashes east Canada, then weakens heading out to sea," 10 Sep. 2019 Nova Scotia officials asked people in the province to stay off the roads so crews could safety remove trees and debris and restore power. Washington Post, "Dorian lashes east Canada, then weakens heading out to sea," 10 Sep. 2019 The first-ever feature film about Harriet Tubman, the unbelievably brave woman who led hundreds to safety through the Underground Railroad, hits screens on November 1. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Location: Why the Filming Locations for the Harriet Tubman Movie Were So Important," 1 Nov. 2019 Nova Scotia officials asked people in the province to stay off the roads so crews could safety remove trees and debris and restore power. Washington Post, "Dorian lashes east Canada, then weakens heading out to sea," 10 Sep. 2019 Nova Scotia officials asked people in the province to stay off the roads so crews could safety remove trees and debris and restore power. Washington Post, "Dorian lashes east Canada, then weakens heading out to sea," 10 Sep. 2019 Nova Scotia officials asked people in the province to stay off the roads so crews could safety remove trees and debris and restore power. chicagotribune.com, "Dorian knocks out power to hundreds of thousands in Canada," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of safety

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for safety

Noun

Middle English saufte, from Anglo-French salveté, saufté, from salf safe

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Time Traveler for safety

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The first known use of safety was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Safety.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safety?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=safety01. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for safety

safety

noun
How to pronounce safety (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of safety

: freedom from harm or danger : the state of being safe
: the state of not being dangerous or harmful
: a place that is free from harm or danger : a safe place

safety

noun
safe·​ty | \ ˈsāf-tē How to pronounce safety (audio) \

Kids Definition of safety

: freedom from danger or harm : the state of being safe

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