safety valve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “safety valve” in the English Dictionary

"safety valve" in American English

See all translations

safety valvenoun [C]

/ˈseɪf·ti ˌvælv/
a device on a machine that allows steam or gas to escape if there is too much pressure: fig. For people with stressful jobs, 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 release pressure if it becomes too high: The process involves shutting safety valves beneath the water's surface to prevent oil and gas releases.
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 economic slowdown. There's no safety valve, like higher air fare prices, to offset higher oil prices.
(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

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More