Meaning of SAFETY in English

/sayf"tee/ , n. , pl. safeties .

1. the state of being safe; freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss.

2. the quality of averting or not causing injury, danger, or loss.

3. a contrivance or device to prevent injury or avert danger.

4. Also called lock, safety catch, safety lock . a locking or cutoff device that prevents a gun from being fired accidentally.

5. the action of keeping safe.

6. Football.

a. an act or play in which a player on the offensive team is tackled in his own end zone or downs the ball there, or in which the ball goes out of bounds on a fumble, having last been in bounds in or over the end zone and having last been in the possession of an offensive player. Cf. touchback .

b. an award of two points to the opposing team on this play.

c. Also called safety man . a player on defense who lines up farthest behind the line of scrimmage.

7. Baseball. a base hit, esp. a one-base hit.

8. Slang. a condom.

9. Obs. close confinement or custody.

[ 1250-1300; ME sauvete 2 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .