a. The act, business, or system of insuring.
b. The state of being insured.
c. A means of being insured.
a. An arrangement or agreement that protects someone from incurring future losses, as from damage, theft, illness, or death, especially a contract that transfers the risk of a specified loss to another party in exchange for the payment of a premium.
b. The sum or rate for which such a contract insures something.
c. The periodic premium paid for this coverage.
3. A protective measure: biking helmets that provide insurance against a head injury.
Being a point or score that increases one competitor's lead enough to prevent the opponent from achieving a tie with one more score: an insurance run.
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