safety valve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “safety valve” in the English Dictionary

"safety valve" in British English

See all translations

safety valvenoun [C]

uk   us  
(Definition of safety valve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"safety valve" in American English

See all translations

safety valvenoun [C]

 /ˈseɪf·ti ˌvælv/
a ​device on a ​machine that ​allowssteam or ​gas to ​escape if there is too much ​pressure: fig. For ​people with ​stressfuljobs, ​weekends in the ​country can be a good safety valve.
(Definition of safety valve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"safety valve" in Business English

See all translations

safety valvenoun [C]

uk   us  
PRODUCTION a ​part of a ​machine that ​opens to ​releasepressure if it becomes too high: The ​process involves ​shuttingsafety valves beneath the water's surface to prevent ​oil and ​gasreleases.
something in a ​system or ​situation that helps when problems become too great: Experts say there must be a ​safety valve ​built into the ​system to ​relieve the ​stress caused by an ​economicslowdown. There's no ​safety valve, like ​higherairfareprices, to ​offsethigheroilprices.
(Definition of safety valve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “safety valve”
in Chinese (Simplified) 机器, 安全阀…
in Chinese (Traditional) 機器, 安全閥…
What is the pronunciation of safety valve?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“safety valve” in British English

“safety valve” in Business English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More