safety catch

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noun

a device used in mechanisms, as for elevators, to prevent falling in the event of mechanical failure.

Nearby words

  1. safelight,
  2. safely,
  3. safety,
  4. safety belt,
  5. safety car,
  6. safety chain,
  7. safety circuit,
  8. safety curtain,
  9. safety factor,
  10. safety film

Origin of safety catch

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for safety catch

safety catch

noun

a device to prevent the accidental operation of a mechanism, e.g. in a firearm or lift
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