What is safe?

  • (adj): Having reached a base without being put out.
    Example: "The runner was called safe when the baseman dropped the ball"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A safe (also called strongbox, coffer or kist) is a secure lockable box used for securing valuable objects against theft or damage. A safe is usually a hollow cuboid or cylinder, with one face removable or hinged to form a door. The body and door may be cast from metal (such as steel) or formed out of plastic through blow molding. A less secure version (only suitable for petty cash) is usually called a cash-box.

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More definitions of "safe":

  • (noun): A ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests.
  • (noun): Contraceptive device consisting of a thin rubber or latex sheath worn over the penis during intercourse.
    Synonyms: condom, rubber, safety, prophylactic
  • (adj): Free from danger or the risk of harm.
    Example: "A safe trip"; "you will be safe here"; "a safe place"; "a safe bet"
  • (adj): In safekeeping.
    Example: "Your secret is safe with me"
  • (adj): Of an undertaking.
  • (noun): Strongbox where valuables can be kept safe.

Famous quotes containing the word safe:

    And such the trust that still were mine,
    Though stormy winds swept o’er the brine,
    Or though the tempest’s fiery breath
    Roused me from sleep to wreck and death.
    In ocean cave, still safe with Thee
    The germ of immortality!
    And calm and peaceful shall I sleep,
    Rocked in the cradle of the deep.
    Emma Hart Willard (1787–1870)

    True it is that she who escapeth safe and unpolluted from out the school of freedom, giveth more confidence of herself than she who cometh sound out of the school of severity and restraint.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

    Dear, be the tree your sleep awaits;
    Worms be your words, you not safe from ours.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)