Se*cure" (?), a. [L. securus;
pref. se- without + cura care. See Cure care, and
cf. Sure, a.] 1. Free
from fear, care, or anxiety; easy in mind; not feeling suspicion or
But thou, secure of soul, unbent with
2. Overconfident; incautious; careless; -- in
a bad sense. Macaulay.
3. Confident in opinion; not entertaining, or
not having reason to entertain, doubt; certain; sure; -- commonly with
of; as, secure of a welcome.
Confidence then bore thee on, secure Milton.
Either to meet no danger, or to find
Matter of glorious trial.
4. Not exposed to danger; safe; -- applied to
persons and things, and followed by against or
from. "Secure from fortune's blows."
Syn. -- Safe; undisturbed; easy; sure; certain; assured;
confident; careless; heedless; inattentive.
Se*cure", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Secured (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Securing.] 1. To make safe; to relieve
from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to
I spread a cloud before the victor's sight,
Sustained the vanquished, and secured his flight.
2. To put beyond hazard of losing or of not
receiving; to make certain; to assure; to insure; -- frequently with
against or from, rarely with of; as, to
secure a creditor against loss; to secure a debt by a
It secures its possessor of eternal
happiness. T. Dick.
3. To make fast; to close or confine
effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping; as, to
secure a prisoner; to secure a door, or the hatches of a
4. To get possession of; to make one's self
secure of; to acquire certainly; as, to secure an
Secure arms (Mil.), a command and a
position in the manual of arms, used in wet weather, the object being
to guard the firearm from becoming wet. The piece is turned with the
barrel to the front and grasped by the right hand at the lower band,
the muzzle is dropped to the front, and the piece held with the guard
under the right arm, the hand supported against the hip, and the thumb
on the rammer.