se·cu·ri·ty /sɪˈkjʊrətɪ/ 名詞
Se·cu·ri·ty n.; pl. Securities
1. The condition or quality of being secure; secureness. Specifically: (a) Freedom from apprehension, anxiety, or care; confidence of power or safety; hence, assurance; certainty.
His trembling hand had lost the ease,
Which marks security to please. --Sir W. Scott.
(b) Hence, carelessness; negligence; heedlessness.
He means, my lord, that we are too remiss,
Whilst Bolingbroke, through our security,
Grows strong and great in substance and in power. --Shak.
(c) Freedom from risk; safety.
Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
From firm security. --Shak.
Some . . . alleged that we should have no security for our trade. --Swift.
2. That which secures or makes safe; protection; guard; defense. Specifically: (a) 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.
Those who lent him money lent it on no security but his bare word. --Macaulay.
(b) One who becomes surety for another, or engages himself for the performance of another's obligation.
3. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond, a certificate of stock, etc.; as, government securities.
Syn: -- Protection; defense; guard; shelter; safety; certainty; ease; assurance; carelessness; confidence; surety; pledge; bail.
n 1: the state of being free from danger or injury; "we support
the armed services in the name of national security"
2: a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to
finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive
interest or dividends; "he held several valuable
securities" [syn: certificate]
3: a department responsible for the security of the
institution's property and workers; "the head of security
was a former policeman" [syn: security department]
4: measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or
sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up
since the recent uprising" [syn: security measures]
5: defense against financial failure; financial independence;
"his pension gave him security in his old age"; "insurance
provided protection against loss of wages due to illness"
6: freedom from anxiety or fear; "the watch dog gave her a
feeling of security"
7: an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone
tries to break in [syn: security system, security
8: property that your creditor can claim in case you default on
your obligation; "bankers are reluctant to lend without
good security" [syn: surety]
9: a guarantee that an obligation will be met [syn: surety]