Meaning of SECURITY in English

/si kyoor"i tee/ , n. , pl. securities , adj.


1. freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety.

2. freedom from care, anxiety, or doubt; well-founded confidence.

3. something that secures or makes safe; protection; defense.

4. freedom from financial cares or from want: The insurance policy gave the family security.

5. precautions taken to guard against crime, attack, sabotage, espionage, etc.: The senator claimed security was lax and potential enemies know our plans.

6. a department or organization responsible for protection or safety: He called security when he spotted the intruder.

7. protection or precautions taken against escape; custody: The dangerous criminal was placed under maximum security.

8. an assurance; guarantee.

9. Law.

a. something given or deposited as surety for the fulfillment of a promise or an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.

b. one who becomes surety for another.

10. an evidence of debt or of property, as a bond or a certificate of stock.

11. Usually, securities . stocks and bonds.

12. Archaic. overconfidence; cockiness.


13. of, pertaining to, or serving as security: The company has instituted stricter security measures.

[ 1400-50; late ME securytye, securite ( e ) securitas. See SECURE, -ITY ]

Syn. 2. assurance, certainty, positiveness. 3. safeguard, safety.

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