safe: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sāf), [key]
— adj., n. saf•er, saf•est,
  1. secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk: a safe place.
  2. free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk: to arrive safe and sound.
  3. involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.: a safe estimate.
  4. dependable or trustworthy: a safe guide.
  5. careful to avoid danger or controversy: a safe player; a safe play.
  6. denied the chance to do harm; in secure custody: a criminal safe in jail.
  7. safe on the throw to first base.
    1. reaching base without being put out:safe on the throw to first base.
    2. making it possible to reach a base:a safe slide.
  1. a steel or iron box or repository for money, jewels, papers, etc.
  2. any receptacle or structure for the storage or preservation of articles: a meat safe.
  3. (in plumbing)
    1. a pan for catching leakage.
    2. template (def. 7).
  4. a condom.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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