What does harbour mean?

Definitions for harbour
ˈhɑr bərhar·bour

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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(verb)

    secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)

  4. harbor, harbour(verb)

    keep in one's possession; of animals

  5. harbor, harbour, shield(verb)

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    "She is harboring a grudge against him"

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

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

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


  1. harbour(Noun)

    Shelter, refuge.

  2. harbour(Noun)

    A place of shelter or refuge.

    The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.

  3. harbour(Noun)

    A house of the zodiac.

  4. harbour(Noun)

    A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.

    The city has an excellent natural harbour.

  5. harbour(Verb)

    To provide shelter or refuge for.

    The docks, which once harboured tall ships, now harbour only petty thieves.

  6. harbour(Verb)

    To accept, as with a belief.

    That scientist harbours the belief that God created humans.

  7. Origin: From herber, herberge, from herebeorg, from harjaz + bergô, equivalent to here + gebeorg. Cognate with Old Norse herbergi (whence the Icelandic herbergi), Dutch herberg, German Herberge ‘hospice’, Swedish härbärge. Compare also French auberge. More at here, borrow.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harbour

    här′bur, n. any refuge or shelter: a port for ships—obs. form Har′borough.—v.t. to lodge or entertain: to protect: to possess or indulge, as thoughts.—v.i. to take shelter.—n. Har′bourage, place of shelter: entertainment.—n.pl. Har′bour-dues, charges for the use of a harbour.—n. Har′bourer, one who harbours or entertains.—adj. Har′bourless.—n. Har′bour-mas′ter, the public officer who has charge of a harbour.—Harbour of refuge, a harbour constructed to give shelter to ships on some exposed coast: any protection for one in distress. [M. E. herberwe—an assumed A.S. herebeorghere, army, beorg, protection; cf. Ger. herberge, Ice. herbergi.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. harbour

    A general name given to any safe sea-port. The qualities requisite in a good harbour are, that it should afford security from the effects of the wind and sea; that the bottom be entirely free from rocks and shallows, but good holding ground; that the opening be of sufficient extent to admit the entrance or departure of large ships without difficulty; that it should have convenience to receive the shipping of different nations, especially those which are laden with merchandises; and that it possess establishments for refitting vessels. To render a harbour complete, there ought to be good defences, a good lighthouse, and a number of mooring and warping buoys; and finally, that it have plenty of fuel, water, provisions, and other materials for sea use. Such a harbour, if used as a place of commercial transactions, is called a port.

  2. harbour

    An accumulated shoal or bank of sand, shingle, gravel, or other uliginous substances, thrown up by the sea to the mouth of a river or harbour, so as to endanger, and sometimes totally prevent, the navigation into it.--Bars of rivers are some shifting and some permanent. The position of the bar of any river may commonly be guessed by attending to the form of the shores at the embouchure. The shore on which the deposition of sediment is going on will be flat, whilst the opposite one is steep. It is along the side of the latter that the deepest channel of the river lies; and in the line of this channel, but without the points that form the mouth of the river, will be the bar. If both the shores are of the same nature, which seldom happens, the bar will lie opposite the middle of the channel. Rivers in general have what may be deemed a bar, in respect of the depth of the channel within, although it may not rise high enough to impede the navigation--for the increased deposition that takes place when the current slackens, through the want of declivity, and of shores to retain it, must necessarily form a bank. Bars of small rivers may be deepened by means of stockades to confine the river current, and prolong it beyond the natural points of the river's mouth. They operate to remove the place of deposition further out, and into deeper water. Bars, however, act as breakwaters in most instances, and consequently secure smooth water within them. The deposit in all curvilinear or serpentine rivers will always be found at the point opposite to the curve into which the ebb strikes and rebounds, deepening the hollow and depositing on the tongue. Therefore if it be deemed advisable to change the position of a bar, it may be in some cases aided by works projected on the last curve sea-ward. By such means a parallel canal may be forced which will admit vessels under the cover of the bar.--Bar, a boom formed of huge trees, or spars lashed together, moored transversely across a port, to prevent entrance or egress.--Bar, the short bits of bar-iron, about half a pound each, used as the medium of traffic on the Negro coast.--Bar-harbour, one which, from a bar at its entrance, cannot admit ships of great burden, or can only do so at high-water.--Capstan-bars, large thick bars put into the holes of the drumhead of the capstan, by which it is turned round, they working as horizontal radial levers.--Hatch-bars, flat iron bars to lock over the hatches for security from theft, &c.--Port-bar, a piece of wood or iron variously fitted to secure a gun-port when shut.--Bar-shallow, a term sometimes applied to a portion of a bar with less water on it than on other parts of the bar.--Bar-shot, two half balls joined together by a bar of iron, for cutting and destroying spars and rigging. When whole balls are thus fitted they are more properly double-headed shot.--To bar. To secure the lower-deck ports, as above.

Editors Contribution

  1. harbour

    An artificial or natural area of water next to land which has space for a number of boats and ships to moor or anchor and is managed by a government official and team of people if appropriate.

    The local harbour was large and had large cruise ships docking every weekend so it had a harbour master and her team of people who managed the access.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 27, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harbour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4729

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harbour' in Nouns Frequency: #1847

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harbour in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harbour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of harbour in a Sentence

  1. Liu Ming:

    We own some water areas. The next step is to build a harbour.

  2. Will Harbour:

    Will Harbour's very Russian in a way that Hopper's very American.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Instead of decaying in a safe harbour, sail to the unsafe oceans!

  4. William Shedd:

    A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    If a man knows not what harbour he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

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