from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of arbor.
  • See harbor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete, uncountable Shelter, refuge.
  • noun A place of shelter or refuge.
  • noun obsolete A house of the zodiac.
  • noun A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.
  • verb transitive To provide shelter or refuge for.
  • verb transitive To accept, as with a belief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
  • verb keep in one's possession; of animals
  • verb hold back a thought or feeling about
  • noun a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  • verb secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
  • noun a place of refuge and comfort and security


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From Middle English herber, herberge, from Old English herebeorg ("shelter, lodgings, quarters"), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”) + *bergô (“protection”), equivalent to Old English here ("army, host") + ġebeorg ("defense, protection, refuge"). Cognate with Old Norse herbergi ("a harbour; a room") (whence the Icelandic herbergi), Dutch herberg, German Herberge ‘hospice’, Swedish härbärge. Compare also French auberge ("hostel"). More at here, borrow.


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  • It must be autumn at home now – the harbour is a-dream and the old Glen hills blue with haze, and Rainbow Valley a haunt of delight with wild asters blowing all over it – our old 'farewell-summers.'

    Rilla of Ingleside Lucy Maud 1921

  • The other harbour is at the mouth of the Nelson in Saskatchewan.

    Hudson's Bay: Its Conditions and Problems 1910

  • At a small distance from the mouth of the harbour is a little island with a fort upon it, which gives the bay a pretty and rather romantic appearance.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B. 1903

  • Towards the sea, the harbour is a picture in itself, filled as it is with war-vessels.

    Three Months in the Soudan 1885

  • The great difficulty to be contended against in the harbour is the shallowness of the water, except in certain places, and in these the ships are wedged together, with scarcely room to swing, and with the rush of the tide out from the Sound, or in from the ocean, assisted by incessant gales of wind, there is hardly a minute of the day that some vessel does not come to grief.

    The Civil War in America 1862

  • N* ship nets connect to wider networks by shore connection when vessels are in harbour and using satcomms when at sea, says the story.

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  • Can't do Cochin harbour without taking a shot of the Chinese fishing nets, can you?

    Archive 2007-05-01 2007

  • Thereupon they said to me, “Remember, O youth, that should ill befal thee we will not again harbour thee nor suffer thee to abide amongst us;” and bringing a ram they slaughtered it and skinned it.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • Aberdeen and Lochaber, and there is good reason for supposing that the word harbour is derived from it.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery 2004

  • The vessel is in harbour, and ere this he must have landed; so haste and prepare to receive him with the respect due to the intended husband of your young mistress.

    Obi Melodrama Act I, Obi, Praxis Series, Romantic Circles 2002


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