Safe vs. Safety

Safe vs. Safety — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Safe and Safety

Safeadjective

Free from danger or injury; undamaged or unhurt

He returned from the voyage safe and sound.

Safetynoun

The condition of being safe; freedom from danger, risk, or injury.

Safeadjective

Not exposed to the threat of danger or harm

The children were safe at home all through the storm.

Safetynoun

A device designed to prevent accidents, as a lock on a firearm preventing accidental firing.

Safeadjective

Usable in specified conditions without being damaged. Often used in combination

a microwave safe container.

Safetynoun

A play in which a member of the offensive team downs the ball or is tackled or forced out of bounds behind his own goal line, resulting in two points for the defensive team.

Safeadjective

Free from risk; not liable to be lost; sure

a safe bet.

Safetynoun

Either of two defensive backs normally positioned behind the linebackers in the middle of the backfield.

Safeadjective

Affording protection

a safe place.

Safetynoun

The condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty.

If you push it to the limit, safety is not guaranteed.

Safeadjective

(Baseball) Having reached a base without being put out, as a batter or base runner.

Safetynoun

(mechanics) A mechanism on a weapon or dangerous equipment designed to prevent accidental firing.

Be sure that the safety is set before proceeding.

Safenoun

A metal container usually having a lock, used for storing valuables.

Safetynoun

(American football) An instance of a player being sacked or tackled in the end zone, or steps out of the end zone and off the field, resulting in two points for the opposite team.

He sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety.

Safenoun

A repository for protecting stored items, especially a cooled compartment for perishable foods

a cheese safe.

Safetynoun

(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.

The free safety made a game-saving tackle on the runner who had broken past the linebackers.

Safeadjective

Not in danger; out of harm's reach.

You’ll be safe here.

Safetynoun

(baseball) A safety squeeze.

Safeadjective

Free from risk; harmless, riskless.

It’s safe to eat this.

Safetynoun

Preservation from escape; close custody.

Safeadjective

Providing protection from danger; providing shelter.

We have to find a safe spot, where we can hide out until this is over.

Safetynoun

(dated) A safety bicycle.

Safeadjective

(baseball) When a batter successfully reaches first base, or when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base or returns to the base he last occupied; not out.

The pitcher attempted to pick off the runner at first, but he was safe.

Safetyverb

(transitive) To secure (a mechanical component, as in aviation) to keep it from becoming detached even under vibration.

Safeadjective

Properly secured; secure.

The documents are safe.

Safetyverb

to secure a firing pin, as in guns, to keep the gun from firing

Safeadjective

Not susceptible to a specified source of harm.

dishwasher safe;

Safetynoun

the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions;

insure the safety of the childrenthe reciprocal of safety is risk

Safeadjective

Great, cool, awesome, respectable; a term of approbation.

Safetynoun

a safe place;

He ran to safety

Safeadjective

(slang) Lenient, usually describing a teacher that is easy-going.

Safetynoun

a device designed to prevent injury

Safeadjective

Reliable; trusty.

Safetynoun

(baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

Safeadjective

Cautious.

Safetynoun

contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse

Safenoun

A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping.

Safetynoun

a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line

Safenoun

(slang) A condom.

Safenoun

(dated) A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.

Safenoun

A safety bicycle.

Safeverb

(transitive) To make something safe.

Safenoun

strongbox where valuables can be kept safe

Safenoun

a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests

Safenoun

contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse

Safeadjective

free from danger or the risk of harm;

a safe tripyou will be safe herea safe placea safe bet

Safeadjective

of an undertaking

Safeadjective

having reached a base without being put out;

the runner was called safe when the baseman dropped the ball

Safeadjective

financially sound;

a good investmenta secure investment

Safeadjective

in safekeeping;

your secret is safe with me