- 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 harbour
They include “The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell” painted in 1932 and “The Harbour, Cannes,” painted circa 1933.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
After the race the Duke and Duchess had a thrilling, bouncy ride across the harbour in an amphibious vehicle.Kate Rules The Waves And Thrashes William
April 11, 2014
I took the last water taxi running from Eleuthera to Harbour Island.Our Visit From Irene
August 27, 2011
Harbour improvements have occupied much of the attention of Government.Explorations in Australia
If you go towards the harbour, you'll most likely encounter your brother.
But he was too generous to harbour it for more than an instant.The Secret Agent
Our vessels were moored about the harbour, and we were all frozen in, as a matter of course.
The day after I reached the harbour, I was ordered on board the Scourge.
- a sheltered port
- a place of refuge or safety
- (tr) to give shelter toto harbour a criminal
- (tr) to maintain secretlyto harbour a grudge
- to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Word Origin and History for harbour
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."