safe / sāf/ • adj. 1. protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost: she felt safer with them than alone. ∎ Baseball having reached a base without being put out: Davis was safe when the right fielder dropped a fly ball. ∎ Baseball allowing the batter to reach base and not involving an error: a safe hit. ∎ not likely to cause or lead to harm or injury; not involving danger or risk: we have to cross the river where it's safe for us to do so. ∎ (of a place) affording security or protection: put it in a safe place. ∎ based on good reasons or evidence and not likely to be proved wrong: the verdict is safe and satisfactory. 2. uninjured; with no harm done: they had returned safe and sound. • n. 1. a strong fireproof cabinet with a complex lock, used for the storage of valuables. 2. inf. a condom. DERIVATIVES: safe·ly adv. safe·ness n.
Safe ★★★ 1995 (R)
Surburban California housewife Carol (Moore) literally becomes allergic to her environment and winds up seeking relief in a holistic center in Albuquerque, where director Haynes takes a shot at the New Age and finds a link to the AIDS crisis. Serious, stylistically detached look at a near future riddled with environmental toxins is led by Moore's performance as the sunny suburbanite undone by the unseen. 119m/C VHS, DVD . Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman, Xander Berkeley, Susan Norman, James LeGros, Mary Carver, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Jessica Harper, Brandon Cruz; D: Todd Haynes; W: Todd Haynes; C: Alex Nepomniaschy; M: Ed Tomney.