Safe"ty(?), n. [Cf. F. sauvet.] 1. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss.
Up led by thee,Milton.
Into the heaven I have presumed,
An earthly guest . . . With like safety guided down,
Return me to my native element.
2. Freedom from whatever exposes one to danger or from liability to cause danger or harm; safeness; hence, the quality of making safe or secure, or of giving confidence, justifying trust, insuring against harm or loss, etc.
Would there were any safety in thy sex,Beau. & Fl.
That I might put a thousand sorrows off,
And credit thy repentance!
3. Preservation from escape; close custody.
Imprison him, . . .Shak.
Deliver him to safety; and return.
(Amer. Football) the act or result of a ball-carrier on the offensive team being tackled behind his own goal line, or the downing of a ball behind the offensive team's own goal line when it had been carried or propelled behind that goal line by a player on the offensive tream; such a play causes a score of two points to be awarded to the defensive team; -- it is distinguished from
touchback, when the ball is downed behind the goal after being propelled there or last touched by a player of the defending team. See Touchdown. Same as
Safety touchdown, below.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
5. Short for Safety bicycle.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
6. a switch on a firearm that locks the trigger and prevents the firearm from being discharged unintentionally; -- also called
safety lock, or
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