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[hahr-ber] /ˈhɑr bər/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Chiefly British
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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  • Finally the sheet lightning rocking the harbour in long slow breaths while salvos of thunder cracked over the dancing roof-tops.
  • Both cell types seem to harbour genomic abnormalities.
  • Those humans that harbour kindness may prove to be more apt than those that believe in military fire power.
  • In fact, they harbour a surprisingly diverse array of genes.
  • So it must be some little harbour where the tide was important, or perhaps no harbour at all.
  • So was the solution: the installation of filters on the harbour's silos.
  • Yet it also carved an inland harbour, allowing the survivors to build a prosperous market.
  • The crushed rock falls onto a conveyor belt, which carries it to ships queuing up in the nearby harbour.
  • Being too cautious, however, can harbour its own dangers.
  • It also has the primary harbour and airport in the western cape.
British Dictionary definitions for harbour


a sheltered port
a place of refuge or safety
(transitive) to give shelter to: to harbour a criminal
(transitive) to maintain secretly: to harbour a grudge
to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Derived Forms
harbourer, (US) harborer, noun
harbourless, (US) harborless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English herebeorg, from here troop, army + beorg shelter; related to Old High German heriberga hostelry, Old Norse herbergi
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Word Origin and History for harbour

chiefly British English spelling of harbor (n. and v.); for spelling, see -or.

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