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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. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Would there were any safety in thy sex, That I might put a thousand sorrows off, And credit thy repentance!            --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     3. Preservation from escape; close custody.
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              Imprison him, . . .
              Deliver him to safety; and return.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

     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] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

           These gray locks, the pursuivants of death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

     2. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable. [1913 Webster]

              Albemarle Street closed by a lock of carriages. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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}. [1913 Webster]

     6. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc. [1913 Webster]

     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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     4. To link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms. " Lock hand in hand." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Canals) To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a boat) in a lock. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Fencing) To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Lock \Lock\, v. i.
     To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close. [1913 Webster]

           When it locked none might through it pass. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     {To lock into}, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each other. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

219 Moby Thesaurus words for "lock":
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