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FAIL-SAFE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fail-safe mean? 

FAIL-SAFE (noun)
  The noun FAIL-SAFE has 1 sense:

1. a mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction

  Familiarity information: FAIL-SAFE used as a noun is very rare.


FAIL-SAFE (adjective)
  The adjective FAIL-SAFE has 2 senses:

1. guaranteed not to fail
2. eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction

  Familiarity information: FAIL-SAFE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FAIL-SAFE (noun)


Sense 1fail-safe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("fail-safe" is a kind of...):

mechanism (device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function)


FAIL-SAFE (adjective)


Sense 1fail-safe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guaranteed not to fail

Context example:

a fail-safe recipe for cheese souffle

Similar:

secure (free from danger or risk)


Sense 2fail-safe [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction

Context example:

a fail-safe device in a nuclear weapon to deactivate it automatically in the event of accident

Similar:

safe (free from danger or the risk of harm)


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