safer

Safe \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. xii. 11. [1913 Webster] They escaped all safe to land. --Acts xxvii. 44. [1913 Webster] Established in a safe, unenvied throne. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The King of heaven hath doomed This place our dungeon, not our safe retreat. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Incapable of doing harm; no longer dangerous; in secure care or custody; as, the prisoner is safe. [1913 Webster] But Banquo's safe? Ay, my good lord, safe in a ditch he bides. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Safe hit} (Baseball), a hit which enables the batter to get to first base even if no error is made by the other side. {safe house}, a residence where a person in hiding from the authorities or other persons may stay without being discovered. [1913 Webster] Syn: Secure; unendangered; sure. [1913 Webster]