safety

A safety is a device that helps keep you from doing bad things, like the safety on a gun that prevents you from pulling the trigger accidentally.

Safety, besides meaning "the state of being safe," is used for things that promote safety. If you designate a special meeting place in case of emergency, that place is a safety. If you use contraception during sex, that's also a safety, to prevent pregnancy. In football it's a safety if a player is tackled behind his own goal line. And if you hit the baseball in a way to ensure you reach the base, that's called a safety too.

Primary Meanings of safety

1.
n
the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
2.
n
(baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
3.
n
contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
Full Definitions of safety
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n 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”
Antonyms:
danger
the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
Types:
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biosafety
safety from exposure to infectious agents
risklessness
safety as a consequence of entailing no risk
impregnability, invulnerability
having the strength to withstand attack
salvation
the state of being saved or preserved from harm
security
the state of being free from danger or injury
peace, public security
the general security of public places
secureness
the state of freedom from fear or danger
protection, shelter
the condition of being protected
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n a device designed to prevent injury or accidents

Synonyms:
guard, safety device
Types:
fender
a low metal guard to confine falling coals to a hearth
safety catch, safety lock
guard consisting of a locking device that prevents a weapon from being fired
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n a safe place

“He ran to safety
Synonyms:
refuge
Types:
harborage, harbourage
(nautical) a place of refuge (as for a ship)
Type of:
area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
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n (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

Synonyms:
base hit
Types:
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home run, homer
a base hit on which the batter scores a run
bingle, single
a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
double, two-bagger, two-base hit, two-baser
a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
three-bagger, three-base hit, triple
a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base
line single, line-drive single
a single resulting from a line drive
line double, line-drive double
a double resulting from a line drive
line triple, line-drive triple
a triple resulting from a line drive
solo blast, solo homer
a home run with no runners on base
Type of:
hit
(baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)

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

Type of:
score
the act of scoring in a game or sport
3

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

Type of:
birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device
an agent or device intended to prevent conception

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