a mechanism capable of returning to a safe state in case there is a failure or malfunction
guaranteed not to fail
"a fail-safe recipe for cheese souffle"
eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction
"a fail-safe device in a nuclear weapon to deactivate it automatically in the event of accident"
A fail-safe device or mechanism.
To compensate automatically, in the event of a failure.
That doesn't cause undue damage, in the event of failure.
The system is failsafe, because everything is backed up automatically.
A fail-safe or fail-secure device is one that, in the event of failure, responds in a way that will cause no harm, or at least a minimum of harm, to other devices or danger to personnel. "Fail-safe[ty]" should not be confused with "fail-secur[ity]." A fail-secure component of a system secures that system in the event of a failure either of that component or elsewhere in the system. For example, during a failure of an ingress-egress control system, e.g., a user propping a door open somewhere in a building, a fail-secure lock will close, lock, and remain locked even when a user attempts to unlock it with the key that the user usually employs. In such a case, an independent release, such as a reboot or disarming of the securing mechanism, is required. In contrast, a component may be considered fail-safe even if its failure does not secure the system. For example, if a door locked from the inside is left unlocked or is unlocked at the wrong time, it has failed, the door may be fail-safe if its being unlocked does not open it or attract additional attention to its unlocked state.
The numerical value of fail-safe in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of fail-safe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We need to make certain, given the new circumstances that we're facing, that there is no potential loophole whatsoever, obviously it has to be fail-safe, and that's what the American people need and deserve.
Images & Illustrations of fail-safe
Translations for fail-safe
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for fail-safe »
Find a translation for the fail-safe definition in other languages:
Select another language: