Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Freedom from risk or danger; safety.
  • n. Freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear; confidence.
  • n. Something that gives or assures safety, as:
  • n. A group or department of private guards: Call building security if a visitor acts suspicious.
  • n. Measures adopted by a government to prevent espionage, sabotage, or attack.
  • n. Measures adopted, as by a business or homeowner, to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault: Security was lax at the firm's smaller plant.
  • n. Measures adopted to prevent escape: Security in the prison is very tight.
  • n. Something deposited or given as assurance of the fulfillment of an obligation; a pledge.
  • n. One who undertakes to fulfill the obligation of another; a surety.
  • n. A document indicating ownership or creditorship; a stock certificate or bond.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of not being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally, or financially.
  • n. Something that secures.
  • n. An organization or department responsible for providing security by enforcing laws, rules, and regulations as well as maintaining order.
  • n. Something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation or law.
  • n. Freedom from apprehension.
  • n. Proof of ownership of stocks, bonds or other investment instruments.W
  • n. property temporarily relinquished to guarantee repayment of a loan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being secure; secureness.
  • n. Freedom from apprehension, anxiety, or care; confidence of power or safety; hence, assurance; certainty.
  • n. Hence, carelessness; negligence; heedlessness.
  • n. Freedom from risk; safety.
  • n. That which secures or makes safe; protection; guard; defense.
  • n. Something given, deposited, or pledged, to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation, the performance of a contract, the payment of a debt, or the like; surety; pledge.
  • n. One who becomes surety for another, or engages himself for the performance of another's obligation.
  • n. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond, a certificate of stock, etc..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being secure.
  • n. Freedom from annoyance, harm, danger, or loss; safety.
  • n. That which secures or makes safe; protection; defense; guard.
  • n. A guaranty or pledge; something given or deposited as surety for the fulfilment of a promise or an obligation, the payment of a debt, or the like.
  • n. A person who engages or pledges himself for the performance of another's obligations; one who becomes surety for another.
  • n. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond or a certificate of stock: as, government securities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
  • n. the state of being free from danger or injury
  • n. a department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers
  • n. freedom from anxiety or fear
  • n. an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
  • n. a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
  • n. a guarantee that an obligation will be met
  • n. measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.
  • n. defense against financial failure; financial independence

Etymologies

Middle English securite, from Old French, from Latin sēcūritās, from sēcūrus, secure; see secure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English securite, from Old French (French: sécurité), from Latin securitas, from Latin securus "safe, secure". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The final constitution should give effect to a progressive concept of security and should accordingly provide principled guidelines regarding the objectives of security and the interpretation of threats to security*.

    Building a United Nation

  • He was not desiring territory, but protection and security to the interests of his people, _security_ to prevent the

    Lady Rosamond's Secret A Romance of Fredericton

  • There is no security adress listed at [1] and hence took the industry standard security contacts addresses secure@ and security@. secure@xxxxxxxx, secure@xxxxxxxxx, security@xxxxxxxxx security@xxxxxxxx No reply.

    SecuObs.com

  • Fightertrainer. com will be at the Madtown Throwdown on AUG 1st in Madison, WI. lyndeross My husband at bible study = sweet security dcsecurityjobs Have a #security clearance question?

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  • After I got through security (jacket went through Xray) and was waiting to board, I reached in my pocket and realized I had a 4″ lockback knife… completely ignored by the ’security’ folks (lucky for me).

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Security Theater

  • He found the security office and quickly picked the ’security’ lock.

    In Darkness » Blog Archive » From the Archives: Sentinal

  • "The term security no longer denotes safety for us," he added from the city's GT Hospital where his son was fighting for his life in the intensive care unit.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Experience tells us that with this crew, "security" is just a code word for fear.

    January 2006

  • - The term security is connected with the rule of law, freedoms, rights, peace or something that secures equality.

    Security

  • SIMONE: He's thinking about January when he can go back to the ranch and just the title security and prosperity partnership, which did we get out of that?

    CNN Transcript Apr 23, 2008

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  • "The woman cleared her throat.
    'Our agreements,' she said, 'regarding institutions are related to how we evaluate the threat. If, for example, there were diplomats' children, it would mean tighter security.'
    'I'm a clown,' Kasper said. 'Do I sound like a terrorist?'
    'I don't know what terrorists sound like. They say Nero loved circuses. Heliogabalus did too.'"
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 18, 2008