- a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
- such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
- any place of shelter or refuge: The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.
- to give shelter to; offer refuge to: They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
- to conceal; hide: to harbor fugitives.
- to keep or hold in the mind; maintain; entertain: to harbor suspicion.
- to house or contain.
- to shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.
- (of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Origin of harbor
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Examples from the Web for harborers
Harborers of such offenders will be transported for seven years.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
We Harborers love this place, just as it is, and we would defend it against any such innovations.The Vanishing of Betty Varian
I will give one hundred dollars for proof sufficient to convict his harborers.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4
American Anti-Slavery Society
The American officer returned to his ship, vowing vengeance on the harborers of the deserter.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
But there were a certain number of persons--of whom I was one--who were their "harborers" and spectators.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Word Origin and History for harborers
Old English hereborgian, cognate with Old Norse herbergja, Old High German heribergon, Middle Dutch herbergen; see harbor (n.). Figuratively, of thoughts, etc., from late 14c. Related: Harbored; harboring.
"lodging for ships," early 12c., probably from Old English herebeorg "lodgings, quarters," from here "army, host" (see harry) + beorg "refuge, shelter" (related to beorgan "save, preserve;" see bury); perhaps modeled on Old Norse herbergi "room, lodgings, quarters." Sense shifted in Middle English to "refuge, lodgings," then to "place of shelter for ships."