a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
any place of shelter or refuge:
The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.
Also, especially British, harbour
before 1150; Middle English herber
), herberge, Old English herebeorg
lodgings, quarters (here
army + (ge
refuge); cognate with German Herberge
harborer, nounharborless, adjectiveharborous, adjectiveunharbored, adjective
Can be confused
, harbor, pier
(see synonym study at the current entry)
1. Harbor, haven, port
indicate a shelter for ships. A harbor
may be natural or artificially constructed or improved: a fine harbor on the eastern coast.
is usually a natural harbor that can be utilized by ships as a place of safety; the word is common in literary use: a haven in time of storm; a haven of refuge.
is a harbor
viewed especially in its commercial relations, though it is frequently applied in the meaning of harbor
also: a thriving port; any old port in a storm. 3.
asylum, sanctuary, retreat. 4.
protect, lodge. 6.