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fail-safe

Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪlseɪf/

Translation of fail-safe in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [device/mechanism/circuit] de seguridad
    Example sentences
    • Eyewear of the appropriate optical density is worn when using devices not equipped with fail-safe mechanisms.
    • The Tangara trains are equipped with a number of fail-safe devices, including one known as a deadman's brake.
    • With modern systems that relied more on fail-safe electronic units than on mechanical devices that could break down or malfunction at any time, flying had become a lot safer these days.
    1.2 (infallible) [system/process/machine] infalible, a toda prueba
    Example sentences
    • The good news is that having your teeth professionally whitened is not only affordable, which should last a lifetime with occasional top-ups - it is also a simple, noninvasive and virtually fail-safe procedure.
    • The campaign also has two back-up credit card transaction systems in place (one built in-house and one by a consultant) for high traffic periods and as a fail-safe procedure.
    • She wants not only clearer labelling but also a fail-safe device which would make it impossible for a drug to be wrongly administered.

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