harbor

harbor
1. noun
a) A sheltered expanse of water, adjacent to land, in which ships may dock or anchor, especially for loading and unloading.

A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventurers come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world, and has something to give in return -

b) Any place of shelter.

The neighborhood is a well-known harbor for petty thieves.

2. verb
a) To provide a harbor or safe place for.

The docks, which once harbored tall ships, now harbor only petty thieves.

b) To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water.

The fleet harbored in the south.


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  • Harbor — Har bor (h[aum]r b[ e]r), n. [Written also {harbour}.] [OE. herbor, herberwe, herberge, Icel. herbergi (cf. OHG. heriberga), orig., a shelter for soldiers; herr army + bjarga to save, help, defend; akin to AS. here army, G. heer, OHG. heri, Goth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harbor — Har bor (h[aum]r b[ e]r), v. t. [Written also {harbour}.] [imp. & p. p. {Harbored} ( b[ e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Harboring}.] [OE. herberen, herberwen, herbergen; cf. Icel. herbergja. See {Harbor}, n.] To afford lodging to; to entertain as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harbor — [n1] place for storing boats in the water anchorage, arm, bay, bight, breakwater, chuck, cove, dock, embankment, firth, gulf, haven, inlet, jetty, landing, mooring, pier, port, road, roadstead, wharf; concepts 439,509,514 harbor [n2] place for… …   New thesaurus

  • Harbor — Har bor, v. i. To lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor. [1913 Webster] For this night let s harbor here in York. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harbor — Harbor, OR U.S. Census Designated Place in Oregon Population (2000): 2622 Housing Units (2000): 1691 Land area (2000): 1.873427 sq. miles (4.852154 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.439748 sq. miles (1.138943 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.313175 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Harbor, OR — U.S. Census Designated Place in Oregon Population (2000): 2622 Housing Units (2000): 1691 Land area (2000): 1.873427 sq. miles (4.852154 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.439748 sq. miles (1.138943 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.313175 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • harbor — [här′bər] n. [ME herberwe < OE herebeorg (& ON herbergi), lit., army shelter (< here, army + beorg, a shelter), akin to OHG heriberga: see HARBINGER] 1. a place of refuge, safety, etc.; retreat; shelter 2. a protected inlet, or branch of a… …   English World dictionary

  • harbor — UK US /ˈhɑːbər/ noun [C] US TRANSPORT ► HARBOUR(Cf. ↑harbour) …   Financial and business terms

  • harbor — 01. The [harbor] was filled with the boats of fishermen protesting the government s ban on salmon fishing. 02. We walked down by the [harbor], and looked at the boats for a while. 03. Our hotel room had a balcony with a view over the [harbor], so …   Grammatical examples in English

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