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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Safety \Safe"ty\, n. [Cf. F. sauvet['e].]
   1. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger
      or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss.
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            Up led by thee,
            Into the heaven I have presumed,
            An earthly guest . . . With like safety guided down,
            Return me to my native element.       --Milton.
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   2. Freedom from whatever exposes one to danger or from
      liability to cause danger or harm; safeness; hence, the
      quality of making safe or secure, or of giving confidence,
      justifying trust, insuring against harm or loss, etc.
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            Would there were any safety in thy sex,
            That I might put a thousand sorrows off,
            And credit thy repentance!            --Beau. & Fl.
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   3. Preservation from escape; close custody.
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            Imprison him, . . .
            Deliver him to safety; and return.    --Shak.
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   4. (Amer. Football) the act or result of a ball-carrier on
      the offensive team being tackled behind his own goal line,
      or the downing of a ball behind the offensive team's own
      goal line when it had been carried or propelled behind
      that goal line by a player on the offensive tream; such a
      play causes a score of two points to be awarded to the
      defensive team; -- it is distinguished from touchback,
      when the ball is downed behind the goal after being
      propelled there or last touched by a player of the
      defending team. See Touchdown. Same as {Safety
      touchdown}, below.
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   5. Short for Safety bicycle. [archaic]
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   6. a switch on a firearm that locks the trigger and prevents
      the firearm from being discharged unintentionally; -- also
      called safety catch, safety lock, or lock. [archaic]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lock \Lock\ (l[o^]k), n. [AS. locc; akin to D. lok, G. locke,
   OHG. loc, Icel. lokkr, and perh. to Gr. ? to bend, twist.]
   A tuft of hair; a flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or
   other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair.
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         These gray locks, the pursuivants of death. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lock \Lock\, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the
   fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to
   OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel.
   l[=u]ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break.
   Cf. Locket.]
   1. Anything that fastens; specifically, a fastening, as for a
      door, a lid, a trunk, a drawer, and the like, in which a
      bolt is moved by a key so as to hold or to release the
      thing fastened.
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   2. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one
      thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable.
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            Albemarle Street closed by a lock of carriages. --De
                                                  Quincey.
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   3. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock.
      --Dryden.
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   4. The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream
      or canal.
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   5. An inclosure in a canal with gates at each end, used in
      raising or lowering boats as they pass from one level to
      another; -- called also lift lock.
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   6. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is
      exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock,
      etc.
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   7. A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
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   8. A grapple in wrestling. --Milton.
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   Detector lock, a lock containing a contrivance for showing
      whether it as has been tampered with.

   Lock bay (Canals), the body of water in a lock chamber.

   Lock chamber, the inclosed space between the gates of a
      canal lock.

   Lock nut. See Check nut, under Check.

   Lock plate, a plate to which the mechanism of a gunlock is
      attached.

   Lock rail (Arch.), in ordinary paneled doors, the rail
      nearest the lock.

   Lock rand (Masonry), a range of bond stone. --Knight.

   Mortise lock, a door lock inserted in a mortise.

   Rim lock, a lock fastened to the face of a door, thus
      differing from a mortise lock.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lock \Lock\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Locked; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Locking.]
   1. To fasten with a lock, or as with a lock; to make fast; to
      prevent free movement of; as, to lock a door, a carriage
      wheel, a river, etc.
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   2. To prevent ingress or access to, or exit from, by
      fastening the lock or locks of; -- often with up; as, to
      lock or lock up, a house, jail, room, trunk. etc.
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   3. To fasten in or out, or to make secure by means of, or as
      with, locks; to confine, or to shut in or out -- often
      with up; as, to lock one's self in a room; to lock up the
      prisoners; to lock up one's silver; to lock intruders out
      of the house; to lock money into a vault; to lock a child
      in one's arms; to lock a secret in one's breast.
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   4. To link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms. "
      Lock hand in hand." --Shak.
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   5. (Canals) To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a
      boat) in a lock.
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   6. (Fencing) To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by
      turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lock \Lock\, v. i.
   To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as,
   the door locks close.
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         When it locked none might through it pass. --Spenser.
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   To lock into, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each
      other. --Boyle.
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