noun, plural safe·ties.
- an act or play in which a player on the offensive team is tackled in his own end zone or downs the ball there, or in which the ball goes out of bounds on a fumble, having last been in bounds in or over the end zone and having last been in the possession of an offensive player.Compare touchback.
- an award of two points to the opposing team on this play.
- Also called safety man. a player on defense who lines up farthest behind the line of scrimmage.
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OTHER WORDS FROM safetyself-safety, nounsu·per·safe·ty, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for safety
Virtual showings, while initially employed more for health safety, are continuing to be used as a convenient tool for out-of-town buyers.
Nearly half of theaters around the world have reopened, with considerable success, and surveys of Americans have found willingness to return with strong safety precautions in place.Are these big discounts enough to get you back into a movie theater?|dzanemorris|August 20, 2020|Fortune
For the past several weeks, audiences have begun to come back, some of them lured by content that is more focused on safety or staycations.”Pivot” has been the word’: How travel publishers are navigating the coronavirus pandemic|Max Willens|August 20, 2020|Digiday
Contactless technology is a life-saver for essential workersFor essential workers in hospitals, supermarkets and fast-food restaurants, the workplace is becoming an increasingly contactless environment that highlights safety and efficiency.Research: Only 25 percent of professionals expect to be working from home long-term|DailyPay|August 17, 2020|Digiday
The job may look as simple as connecting two wires, but doing the job incorrectly can be a true safety hazard either immediately or down the road.
Not for the benefit of the harasser, of course, but for your own safety.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was virtually no government oversight of safety and operational standards.
Helicopters lifted pregnant women and children to safety first.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before the Maidan revolution, Russian political refugees living in Kiev were worried about their safety.
In the safety of the light of day, we positively revel in our facts.
It was the only method of safety, and I am glad we have it at last.
Nevertheless it was so deceptive that when the Nell came in sight she was not close enough to the left shore for safety.A Canyon Voyage|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Only in forbidding tenement-house manufacture absolutely can there be any safety for either consumer or producer.Prisoners of Poverty|Helen Campbell
Luckily nothing more happened, and they were able to reach the opposite shore in safety.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields|Lieut. Howard Payson
She was almost exhilarated by the feeling of safety which enveloped her like comforting warmth.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for safety
noun plural -ties
- Also called: safetyman either of two players who defend the area furthest back in the field
- a play in which the offensive team causes the ball to cross its own goal line and then grounds the ball behind that line, scoring two points for the opposing teamCompare touchback