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Safety appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun safety:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun safety and its most common antonym:


The word safety is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun safety

What does safety mean as a name of something?

Safety is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: safeties

  1. the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
    • examples: insure the safety of the children | the reciprocal of safety is risk
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: danger
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
    • more specific words:
  2. a safe place
    • example: He ran to safety
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of safety: refuge
    • more generic words: area / country = a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary
    • more specific words: harbourage / harborage = a place of refuge
  3. a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of safety: guard / safety device
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  4. (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
  5. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
  6. a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line

Alternative definition of the noun safety


  1. The condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty.
  2. [mechanics] A mechanism on a weapon or dangerous equipment designed to prevent accidental firing.
  3. [American football] When a player is either tackled in or loses the ball out of his team's own end zone resulting in two points for the opposite team.
  4. [American football] Any of the defensive players who are in position furthest from the line of scrimmage and whose responsibility is to defend against passes as well as to be the tacklers of last resort.

Specialised definition of the noun safety

Glossary of sports

the state of being free from danger or risk (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

for safety so that something is safe (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

either of two defensive backs, the strong safety and free safety, positioned behind the other defenders (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / American football

a play in which the offense carries the ball over its own goal line and does not take it back into the field of play, scoring two points for the defense (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

when a ball carrier is tacked in his own end zone after bringing the ball there under his own power; the defense earns 2 points and receives a free kick from the offense's own 20-yard line

Glossary of sports / billiards

a period of play in which both players attempt to prevent their opponent from scoring points by keeping the cue ball in positions from which pots are unlikely to be attempted (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: a long spell of safety brought to an end by a fluked red

Definition of the verb safety

What does safety mean as a doing word?

Specialised definition of the verb safety

Glossary of sports

to take safety precautions, safety measures to act to make sure something is safe. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Safety is a US punk band.

  • albums: "Safety / Red Tape Parade", "A Season of Bad Dreams", "Night Lights"


  1. "Safety" is the third solo album by King's X guitarist Ty Tabor. All songs were written, recorded, and mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studios in Katy, TX.
  2. "Safety" is a musical album of Richard Davis.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  3. "Safety" is a musical album of Richmond Fontaine.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  4. "Safety" is a musical EP of The Undivided.
    • released on
  5. "Safety" is a musical album of Two If By Sea.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  6. "Safety" is a musical single of Compulsion.
  7. "Safety" is a musical EP of Dropp Ensemble.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  8. "Safety" is a musical album of Vannadine.


"Safety" is a short film, directed by Rory Uphold.


  1. Safety is the state of being "safe", the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered non-desirable. Safety can also be defined to be the control of recognized hazards to achieve an acceptable level of risk. This can take the form of being protected from the event or from exposure to something that causes health or economical losses. It can include protection of people or of possessions.
  2. Safety is a position in American and Canadian football, played by a member of the defense. The safeties are defensive backs who line up from ten to fifteen yards behind the line of scrimmage. There are two variations of the position in a typical American formation, the free safety and the strong safety. Their duties depend on the defensive scheme. The defensive responsibilities of the safety and cornerback usually involve pass coverage towards the middle and sidelines of the field, respectively. While American formations generally use two safeties, Canadian formations generally have one safety and two defensive halfbacks, a position not used in the American game. As professional and college football have become more focused on the passing game, safeties have become more involved in covering the eligible pass receivers.
  3. Safety: In firearms, a safety or safety catch is a mechanism used to help prevent the accidental discharge of a firearm, helping to ensure safer handling.
  4. Safety: In distributed computing, safety properties informally require that "something bad will never happen" in a distributed system or distributed algorithm. Unlike liveness properties, safety properties can be violated by a finite execution of a distributed system. In a database system, a promise to never return data with null fields is an example of a safety guarantee. All properties can be expressed as the intersection of safety and liveness properties and most non-trivial properties are a mix of the two.

Phrases with Safety

Phrases starting with the word Safety:

  1. Safety car
  2. safety hat
  3. safety net
  4. safety nut
  5. safety pin
  6. safety arch
  7. safety belt
  8. safety bike
  9. safety bolt
  10. safety fuse
  11. safety isle
  12. safety lamp
  13. safety lock
  14. safety rail
  15. safety zone
  16. safety blitz
  17. safety catch

Phrases ending with the word Safety:

  1. E-Safety
  2. Type safety
  3. Elfin Safety

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Safety

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Google previewSafe Food (2010)

The Politics of Food Safety by Marion Nestle

Such discussions overlook a central fact: food safety is a highly political issue. Preventing food- borne illness involves much more than washing hands or cooking foods to higher temperatures. It involves the interests of huge and powerful ...

Google previewCommunity Health and Wellness (2011)

Primary Health Care in Practice by Anne McMurray, Jill Clendon

Cultural safety is a term that grew out of the colonial history of Aotearoa (New...

Google previewIndustrial Guide to Chemical and Drug Safety (2003)

by T. S. S. Dikshith, Prakash V. Diwan

INTRODUCTION Food safety is an important worldwide issue, involving a large group of the population over a long period of time.

Food safety is a matter based on risk and benefit more than any other measurement. The food ...

Google previewFood Safety Issues in the Developing World (2000)

by Laurian Unnevehr, Nancy Hirschhorn

Food safety is an issue of growing importance due to several worldwide trends in food systems.

Inadequate food safety is a significant contributor to the burden of disease in developing countries, and should be addressed as the food system ...

Google previewDesigning Small Parks (2005)

A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns by Ann Forsyth, Laura Musacchio, Frank Fitzgerald

ISSUES Safety is an issue in parks in several ways, particularly crime and fear of crime, issues of territory and turf, and...

Google previewMosby's Pocketbook of Mental Health (2014)

by Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Patricia Barkway, Debra Nizette

Cultural safety is a concept derived from the discipline of nursing in New Zealand in the late ...

Google previewIn a nutshell

Food safety is a complex issue, determined by several elements, including scientific, social and political factors and legal and economic considerations. The/ Safety of a/ food/, food/product or food/ urugredtevt iy clefiarmisied/ by ity chemical/ ...

Google previewBuilding a Culture of Patient Safety Through Simulation (2014)

An Interprofessional Learning Model by Kathleen Gallo, Lawrence G. Smith

Viewed as an organizational imperative, patient safety is an aspect of quality of care.

Google previewSafe and Secure Cities (2014)

5th International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society, WIS 2014, Turku, Finland, August 18-20, 2014. Proceedings by Kaija Saranto, Maaret Castrén, Tiina Kuusela, Sami Hyrynsalmi, Stina Ojala

Patient safety is the responsibility of all professionals involved in the provision of health care services. The risk of harm is increased in the critical care setting due to complex care needs and frequent procedures. Information management is a ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Guides, indexes, directory (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

International Chemical Safety Cards Chemical.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (2010)

by David H. Guston

The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with protecting Americans from harm in the workplace. Housed within the Department of Labor, OSHA regulates the manufacture and transport of hazardous ...

Google previewDictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (2015)

CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance by Samuel O. Idowu, Nicholas Capaldi, Matthias S. Fifka, Liangrong Zu, René Schmidpeter

Schiopu Occupational safety and health (OSH) is a discipline dealing with the prevention of work-related injuries and diseases as well as the protection and promotion of the health of workers. OSH aims at the ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

safety and arming mechanism — (*) A dual function ...

Google previewGuns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law, 2nd Edition [3 volumes] (2012)

An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law by Gregg Lee Carter

Spitzer Gun safety courses and instruction are made available by and through private gun and sporting groups like the National Rifle Association, which has certified tens of thousands of instructors, and by some law enforcement ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

SAFETY FACTOR A multiplicative factor incorporated in risk assessments or safety standards to allow for unpredictable types of variation, such as variability from test animals to humans, random variation within an experiment, and ...

Google previewDesign Dictionary (2008)

Perspectives on Design Terminology by Michael Erlhoff, Timothy Marshall

S SAFETY DESIGN Safety Design is a continuous process by which designers and other individuals, groups, and communities contribute solutions in an effort to reduce risk and avoid or ameliorate the impact of hazardous situations. Its aim is ...

Google previewSocial Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by James Ciment

Safety,. Security,. and. Service. No single event since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor¦with the possible exception of the assassination of President John F . Kennedy in 1963¦has affected the psyche of Americans as profoundly as the ...

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Quotes about Safety

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Benjamin Franklin)
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Scrabble value of S1A1F4E1T1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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