Definition of Harbor

1. Noun. A sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo.

Exact synonyms: Harbour, Haven, Seaport
Terms within: Dock, Dockage, Docking Facility, Landing, Landing Place, Anchorage, Anchorage Ground
Group relationships: Seafront
Generic synonyms: Port
Specialized synonyms: Coaling Station, Port Of Call
Specialized synonyms: Caesarea, Pearl Harbor, Boston Harbor

2. Verb. Maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings). "Harbor a resentment"
Exact synonyms: Entertain, Harbour, Hold, Nurse
Generic synonyms: Experience, Feel

3. Noun. A place of refuge and comfort and security.
Exact synonyms: Harbour
Generic synonyms: Asylum, Refuge, Sanctuary
Derivative terms: Harbour

4. Verb. Secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals).
Exact synonyms: Harbour
Generic synonyms: Shelter
Derivative terms: Harborage, Harbour, Harbourage

5. Verb. Keep in one's possession; of animals.
Exact synonyms: Harbour
Generic synonyms: Hold On, Keep

6. Verb. Hold back a thought or feeling about. "She is harboring a grudge against him"
Exact synonyms: Harbour, Shield
Generic synonyms: Conceal, Hide

Definition of Harbor

1. n. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter.

2. v. t. 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).

3. v. i. To lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor.

Definition of Harbor

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

2. Noun. Any place of shelter. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To provide a harbor or safe place for. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind. ¹

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Definition of Harbor

1. to shelter [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: shelter

Medical Definition of Harbor

1. 1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter. "[A grove] fair harbour that them seems." (Spenser) "For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked." (Dryden) 2. Specif., A lodging place; an inn. 3. The mansion of a heavenly body. 4. 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. 5. A mixing box materials. Harbor dues, fees paid for the use of a harbor. Harbor seal, the common seal. Harbor watch, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch. Origin: 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. Harjis, and AS. Beorgan to save, shelter, defend, G. Bergen. See Harry, 2d Bury, and cf. Harbinger. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Harbor

harbor (current term)
harbor master
harbor patrol
harbor porpoise
harbor seal
harbor seals

Literary usage of Harbor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"S. Congress In widening of channel In Main harbor and removal of Upper Middle ... Govs. mess. re. need of legislation to protect Boston harbor and shipping. ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"3541). act of Congress approved September 19th, By the 7th section of the river and harbor *f »hall not be lawful to build any wharf, ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"In haste to reach a harbor to obtain the first load, ventured on dangerous ground In order to cut across another schooner, the former must pay for Injury ..."

4. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1868)
"For extending the pier at Erie harbor, Pennsylvania, and dredging Erie harbor, channel through to outer bar, twenty-five thousand dollars. ..."

5. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1851)
"For the improvement of the harbor at the mouth of the Genesee river, on L-ike-Ontario, §20000. 11 For the improvement of the harbor at the mouth.of Oak ..."

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