What does harbor mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seaport, haven, harbor, harbour(noun)

    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

  2. harbor, harbour(noun)

    a place of refuge and comfort and security

  3. harbor, harbour, hold, entertain, nurse(verb)

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

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

  4. harbor, harbour(verb)

    secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)

  5. harbor, harbour(verb)

    keep in one's possession; of animals

  6. harbor, harbour, shield(verb)

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    "She is harboring a grudge against him"

Wiktionary

  1. harbor(Noun)

    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

    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.

  2. harbor(Noun)

    Any place of shelter.

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

    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.

  3. harbor(Verb)

    To provide a harbor or safe place for.

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

    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.

  4. harbor(Verb)

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

    The fleet harbored in the south.

    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.

  5. harbor(Verb)

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

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

    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.

Wikipedia

  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harbor(noun)

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

    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.]

  2. Harbor(noun)

    specif.: A lodging place; an inn

    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.]

  3. Harbor(noun)

    the mansion of a heavenly body

    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.]

  4. Harbor(noun)

    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

    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.]

  5. Harbor(noun)

    a mixing box materials

    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.]

  6. Harbor(noun)

    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)

    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.]

  7. Harbor(verb)

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

    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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Curtis Marean:

    This unique confluence of food from the land and sea cultivated the complex cultures revealed by the archaeology and provided safe harbor for humans during the glacial cycles that revealed that plain and made much of the rest of the world unwelcoming to human life.

  2. Ronald Reagan:

    We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.

  3. Xu Hong:

    Some people, who do not know the truth, have questioned China's position of not accepting or participating in the arbitration, some others, who harbor ulterior motives, have made one-sided and misleading readings of the rules of international law, and, on that basis, made accusations or insinuations that China does not abide by law and perversely brand China a 'challenger' to international rules.

  4. Erik Pevernagie:

    Sometimes life turns its back to people. A misfortune, a physical accident or a mental emergency can take them by surprise. Similar to the unexpected assault on Pearl Harbor and the Twin Towers in New York, which took a whole nation by surprise , the lives of individuals can be suddenly disrupted.

  5. Samuel Adams:

    The harbor shall be a teapot tonight!

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