Safe (?), a. [Compar.
Safer (?); superl. Safest.] [OE.
sauf, F. sauf, fr. L. salvus, akin to
salus health, welfare, safety. Cf. Salute,
Salvation, Sage a plant, Save, Salvo an
exception.] 1. Free from harm, injury, or risk;
untouched or unthreatened by danger or injury; unharmed; unhurt;
secure; whole; as, safe from disease; safe from storms;
safe from foes. "And ye dwelled safe." 1 Sam.
They escaped all safe to land.
Acts xxvii. 44.
Established in a safe, unenvied
2. Conferring safety; securing from harm; not
exposing to danger; confining securely; to be relied upon; not
dangerous; as, a safe harbor; a safe bridge, etc.
"The man of safe discretion." Shak.
The King of heaven hath doomed
This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat.
3. Incapable of doing harm; no longer
dangerous; in secure care or custody; as, the prisoner is
But Banquo's safe?
Ay, my good lord, safe in a ditch he bides.
Safe hit (Baseball), a hit which
enables the batter to get to first base even if no error is made by
the other side.
Syn. -- Secure; unendangered; sure.
Safe, v. t. To render safe; to make
right. [Obs.] Shak.
Safe (?), n. A place for keeping
things in safety. Specifically: (a) A
strong and fireproof receptacle (as a movable chest of steel, etc., or
a closet or vault of brickwork) for containing money, valuable papers,
or the like. (b) A ventilated or
refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious
animals or insects.