American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sheltered part of a body of water deep enough to provide anchorage for ships.
- n. A place of shelter; a refuge.
- v. To give shelter to: harbor refugees; harbor a fugitive.
- v. To provide a place, home, or habitat for: a basement that harbors a maze of pipes; streams that harbor trout and bass.
- v. To entertain or nourish (a specified thought or feeling): harbor a grudge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place of shelter; a lodging; an inn.
- n. Specifically The covert of the hart or hind.
- n. Accommodation; lodging; shelter; refuge.
- n. A port or haven for ships; a sheltered recess in the coast-line of a sea, gulf, bay, or lake, most frequently at the mouth of a river. Harbors are often formed artificially, either in whole or in part, by the building of moles, breakwaters, or piers, and sometimes by large floating masses of timber, which rise and fall with the tide.
- n. In glass-making, a chest 6 or 7 feet long which holds the mixed ingredients before they are put into the pot for fusion.
- To provide a lodging or lodging-place for; lodge.
- To give shelter to; protect; secure; secrete: as, to harbor a thief.
- Hence To entertain; cherish; indulge: as, to harbor malice or revenge.
- To trace home, as a deer to its covert; earth.
- Synonyms Foster, etc. See cherish.
- To lodge; dwell.
- To receive shelter or protection; be entertained; be secreted.
- To find a harbor; anchor in a harbor, as a ship.
- n. An obsolete form of arbor, a garden, etc.
- n. A sheltered expanse of water, adjacent to land, in which ships may dock or anchor, especially for loading and unloading.
- n. Any place of shelter.
- v. transitive To provide a harbor or safe place for.
- v. intransitive To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water.
- v. transitive To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter.
- n. obsolete Specif.: A lodging place; an inn.
- n. (Astrol.), obsolete The mansion of a heavenly body.
- n. A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water, either landlocked or artificially protected so as to be a place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or haven.
- n. (Glass Works) A mixing box for materials.
- v. To afford lodging to; to entertain as a guest; to shelter; to receive; to give a refuge to; to indulge or cherish (a thought or feeling, esp. an ill thought).
- v. To lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor.
- v. secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
- v. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
- n. a place of refuge and comfort and security
- n. a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
- v. hold back a thought or feeling about
- v. keep in one's possession; of animals
- Middle English herberwe, herberge, from Old English herebeorg ‘military quarters, hostelry’, from Proto-Germanic *harjabergō (cf. West Frisian herberch ‘inn’, Dutch herberg ‘id.’, German Herberge ‘id.’), compound of *harjaz ‘army’ and *bergō ‘refuge, shelter’, deverbative of *ƀerʒanan ‘to protect, shelter’ (cf. Old English beorgan). More at harry and bury. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English herberwe, probably from Old English herebeorg, lodging. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Whether he could sail the ship into the harbor is a totally different matter, and would probably require more Viagra and heart medication.”
“The most outstanding thing you see in the harbor is a large number of abandoned fishing boats left to rot.”
“The waters of the Chesapeake Bay, of which the harbor is an inlet, have enough exchange with the Atlantic that he can find a phage for almost any species of bacteria, he says.”
“The Ancient Islamic fort guarding the harbor is pockmarked from years of shelling.”
“Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself.”
“That they could come off as the safe harbor from a out of control legislators who don't listen to their constituents.”
“New York City, with the Statue of Liberty in its harbor, is a symbol of the very freedom and liberty upon which our great nation was founded.”
“When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt.”
“Nantucket harbor is fishing well and I have had several reports of good size fish there.”
“In other news, I have no idea how the inside of a building is a substitute for Batman dropping into Hong Kong harbor from a plane.”
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