adjective, safer, safest.
secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk:
a safe place.
free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk:
to arrive safe and sound.
involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.:
a safe estimate.
dependable or trustworthy:
a safe guide.
careful to avoid danger or controversy:
a safe player; a safe play.
denied the chance to do harm; in secure custody:
a criminal safe in jail.
reaching base without being put out:
safe on the throw to first base.
making it possible to reach a base:
a safe slide.
Informal. in a safe manner; safely:
Learn how to drive safe.
See Grammar note at adverb.
a steel or iron box or repository for money, jewels, papers, etc.
any receptacle or structure for the storage or preservation of articles:
a meat safe.
a pan for catching leakage.
template (def 7).
Slang. a condom.
play it safe. play (def 85).
affording security or protection from harm: a safe place
(postpositive) free from danger: you’ll be safe here
secure from risk; certain; sound: a safe investment, a safe bet
worthy of trust; prudent: a safe companion
tending to avoid controversy or risk: a safe player
unable to do harm; not dangerous: a criminal safe behind bars, water safe to drink
(Brit, informal) excellent
on the safe side, as a precaution
in a safe condition: the children are safe in bed now
play safe, to act in a way least likely to cause danger, controversy, or defeat
a strong container, usually of metal and provided with a secure lock, for storing money or valuables
a small ventilated cupboard-like container for storing food
(US & Canadian) a slang word for condom
A safe program analysis is one which will not reach invalid conclusions about the behaviour of the program. This may involve making safe approximations to properties of parts of the program. A safe approximation is one which gives less information.
For example, strictness analysis aims to answer the question “will this function evaluate its argument”?. The two possible results are “definitely” and “don’t know”. A safe approximation for “definitely” is “don’t know”. The two possible results correspond to the two sets: “the set of all functions which evaluate their argument” and “all functions”. A set can be safely approximated by another which contains it.
simulation analysis of financial exposure
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- Safe and sound
Out of danger and unharmed, as in It was a challenging climb, so I’m relieved they got home safe and sound. [ c. 1300 ]
noun 1. an area near a combat zone that is maintained as being free from military attack.
- Safe as houses
Totally secure, as in If you buy Treasury bonds, your money will be safe as houses but you won’t get a large return. In today’s security-conscious climate, where alarm systems to deter housebreaks have become increasingly common, this simile may seem puzzling. Presumably it uses house in the sense of “a shelter from the elements.” […]
- Safe bet
noun something in which confidence may be placed about a future outcome