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Definition of "safety" [safe•ty]

  • The condition of being safe; freedom from danger, risk, or injury. (noun)
  • A device designed to prevent accidents, as a lock on a firearm preventing accidental firing. (noun)
  • Football A play in which a member of the offensive team downs the ball, willingly or unwillingly, behind his own goal line, resulting in two points for the defensive team. (noun)
  • Football One of two defensive backs; a safetyman. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "safety" in a sentence
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  • "The term "safety play" refers to one of any number of techniques for overcoming an adverse distribution, perhaps sacrificing an overtrick to ensure a contract."