What does Harbor mean?

Definitions for Harbor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seaport, haven, harbor, harbournoun

    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

  2. harbor, harbournoun

    a place of refuge and comfort and security

  3. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurseverb

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"

  4. harbor, harbourverb

    secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)

  5. harbor, harbourverb

    keep in one's possession; of animals

  6. harbor, harbour, shieldverb

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    "She is harboring a grudge against him"


  1. harbornoun

    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 - Sarah Orne Jewett

  2. harbornoun

    Any place of shelter.

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

  3. harborverb

    To provide a harbor or safe place for.

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

  4. harborverb

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

    The fleet harbored in the south.

  5. harborverb

    To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind.

    She harbors a conviction that her husband has a secret, criminal past.

  6. Etymology: herberwe, herberge, from Old English herebeorg ‘military quarters, hostelry’, from harjabergō (cf. West Frisian herberch ‘inn’, Dutch herberg ‘id.’, German Herberge ‘id.’), compound of *harjaz ‘army’ and *bergō ‘refuge, shelter’, deverbative of *ƀerʒanan ‘to protect, shelter’ (cf. Old English beorgan). More at harry and bury.


  1. Harbor

    A harbor (American English) or harbour (British English; see spelling differences) (synonyms: wharves, haven) is a sheltered body of water where ships, boats, and barges can be docked. The term harbor is often used interchangeably with port, which is a man-made facility built for loading and unloading vessels and dropping off and picking up passengers. Ports usually include one or more harbors. Alexandria Port in Egypt is an example of a port with two harbors. Harbors may be natural or artificial. An artificial harbor can have deliberately constructed breakwaters, sea walls, or jettys or they can be constructed by dredging, which requires maintenance by further periodic dredging. An example of an artificial harbor is Long Beach Harbor, California, United States, which was an array of salt marshes and tidal flats too shallow for modern merchant ships before it was first dredged in the early 20th century. In contrast, a natural harbor is surrounded on several sides by prominences of land. Examples of natural harbors include Sydney Harbour, Australia and Trincomalee Harbour in Sri Lanka.


  1. harbor

    A harbor is a place on the coast where vessels may find shelter, especially one protected from rough water by piers, jetties, and other artificial structures. It is often equipped with facilities for docking, loading, unloading, and servicing ships. It can also refer to a place of refuge or a sanctuary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harbornoun

    a station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter

  2. Harbornoun

    specif.: A lodging place; an inn

  3. Harbornoun

    the mansion of a heavenly body

  4. Harbornoun

    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. Harbornoun

    a mixing box materials

  6. Harbornoun

    to afford lodging to; to enter as guest; to receive; to give a refuge to; indulge or cherish (a thought or feeling, esp. an ill thought)

  7. Harborverb

    to lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor

  8. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Harbor

    A harbor or harbour, or haven, is a body of water where ships, boats, and barges can seek shelter from stormy weather, or else are stored for future use. Harbors can be natural or artificial. An artificial harbor has deliberately constructed breakwaters, sea walls, or jettys, or otherwise, they could have been constructed by dredging, and these require maintenance by further periodic dredging. An example of the former kind is at Long Beach Harbor, California, and an example of the latter kind is San Diego Harbor, California, which was, under natural conditions, too shallow for modern merchant ships and warships. In contrast, a natural harbor is surrounded on several sides by prominences of land. An example of this kind of harbor is San Francisco Bay, California. Harbors and ports are often confused with each other. A port is a facility for loading and unloading vessels; ports are usually located in harbors.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. harbor

    A restricted body of water, an anchorage, or other limited coastal water area and its mineable water approaches, from which shipping operations are projected or supported. Generally, a harbor is part of a base, in which case the harbor defense force

Editors Contribution

  1. harbor

    An area of water by land

    The harbor is beautiful during the day and at night

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2021  

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  1. Harbor

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Harbor is ranked #22450 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Harbor surname appeared 1,146 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Harbor.

    50.8% or 583 total occurrences were Black.
    42.1% or 483 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.9% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harbor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harbor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Harbor in a Sentence

  1. David Jones:

    We began working on this about six months ago, twenty-five years ago President Bush spoke at the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, as the sitting president, and we have a copy of the speech in our auditorium here on a continuous loop.

  2. President Volodymr Zelensky:

    Remember Pearl Harbor, the terrible morning of December 7, 1941, when your sky was black from the planes attacking you. Just remember it, remember September 11th, a terrible day in 2001 when evil tried to turn your cities, independent territories, into battlefields. When innocent people were attacked, attacked from air.

  3. Benjamin Andrews:

    In that event, huge pumps were used to spray the advancing lava with seawater -- but this effort did not stop the flow, rather it redirected the flow and prevented it from inundating the harbor.

  4. Mica Mosbacher:

    Cruz may not be everyone's favorite drinking buddy but America needs a designated driver and by God, Cruz will take America to a safe harbor.

  5. Keri Peterson:

    Plus, the sanitization of trains and airplanes is not very thorough, so surfaces are more likely to harbor germs.

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