fail-safe

Definitions

Aviation

  • noun
    (written as fail safe)
    the principle of designing a structure so that the failure of one part does not affect the safety of the whole

Electronics

  • A device, piece of equipment, or system which continues to function properly after the failure of one or more components.
  • A device, piece of equipment, or system which continues to function safely after the failure of one or more components.
  • A component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system whose failure causes no significant damage.
  • A component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system designed to withstand most any circumstance without failing.

Information & Library Science

  • adjective designed in such a way that nothing dangerous can happen if any part goes wrong
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