• (GA) IPA: /ˈhɑɹbɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhɑːbə/

harbor (American spelling)

  1. (countable) Any place#Noun|place of shelter#Noun|shelter.
    The neighborhood is a well-known harbor for petty thieves.
  2. (countable, nautical) A sheltered#Adjective|sheltered expanse of water#Noun|water, adjacent to land#Noun|land, in which ship#Noun|ships may anchor#Verb|anchor or dock#Verb|dock, especially for load#Verb|loading and unload#Verb|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
  3. (countable, glassworking) A mix#Verb|mixing box#Noun|box for material#Noun|materials.
  4. (obsolete, countable) A house#Noun|house of the zodiac, or the mansion of a heavenly body.
    • , "The Franklin’s Tale", Canterbury Tales
      To ech of hem his tyme and his seson, / As thyn herberwe chaungeth lowe or heighe
  5. (obsolete, uncountable) Shelter, refuge.
Translations Translations Verb

harbor (harbors, present participle harboring; past and past participle harbored) (American spelling)

  1. (transitive) To provide a harbor or safe place for.
    The docks, which once harbored tall ships, now harbor only petty thieves.
  2. (intransitive) To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water.
    The fleet harbored in the south.
  3. (transitive) To drive (a hunted stag) to covert.
    • 1819, John Mayer, The Sportsman's Directory, or Park and Gamekeeper's Companion
      This is the time that the horseman are flung out, not having the cry to lead them to the death. When quadruped animals of the venery or hunting kind are at rest, the stag is said to be harboured, the buck lodged, the fox kennelled, the badger earthed, the otter vented or watched, the hare formed, and the rabbit set.
  4. (transitive) To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind.
    She harbors a conviction that her husband has a secret, criminal past.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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