- 1A place on the coast where vessels may find shelter, especially one protected from rough water by piers, jetties, and other artificial structures: fishing in the harbor the westerly wind kept us in harbor until the following afternoonMore example sentences
- Big conger inhabit a number of environments, including deep water rock marks, harbours, jetties, piers, breakwaters and the odd sandy beach!
- She swallowed and rushed in. ‘I'm here to ask about the berths available on the ships in harbour.’
- During the storms of winter ships in the harbour were drydocked for repairs and refitting.
- 1.1A place of refuge: the offered harbor of his armsMore example sentences
- Fixed rates have long offered a safe harbour to homeowners who want the security of knowing what their monthly mortgage repayments will be for an extended period.
- The best hope was that it would offer other safe harbors and define proportionality more flexibly.
- The only women they have contact with are non-inmates, and thus these women are in positions of power: they are free to come and go, they have favors to dispense and they can offer safe harbors.
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- 1Keep (a thought or feeling, typically a negative one) in one’s mind, especially secretly: she started to harbor doubts about the wisdom of their journeyMore example sentences
- I just need to call him up and explain that Nate and I are just best friends, and that the idea that I was secretly harboring feelings for Nate is ridiculous.
- If I am to be completely honest with myself… I have secretly harboured feelings for him since our wee junior years, though not another breathing soul would ever find out.
- She knew her sister had secretly harbored feelings for her best friend and when she had realized it she also realized they looked great together.
- 2Give a home or shelter to: woodlands that once harbored a colony of red deerMore example sentences
- Spirit will spend the next three months searching for evidence of past water in the soil and rocks, which if found may heighten the likelihood that Mars once harboured life.
- The new images showed further details of what scientists believe is the rocky bed of an ancient lake that may have once harboured life.
- In fact, Mars once might have harbored a planet-wide ocean.
- 2.1Shelter or hide (a criminal or wanted person): he was suspected of harboring an escaped prisonerMore example sentences
- It seems we would rather harbour war criminals than shelter innocent human beings from inhumane regimes.
- You are under arrest for aiding the escape and harboring this vile prisoner!
- Rather, the police should take swift and decisive action against such offenses as harboring criminals, dealing drugs and swindling people.
- 2.2Carry the germs of (a disease).More example sentences
- Solitary nodules are more common than multinodular goitres clinically, and solitary nodules used to be considered more likely to harbour malignant disease.
- Birds carrying West Nile virus have already been found in this country and tests are under way to find out if mosquitoes which could infect humans are harbouring the disease.
- The individuals quarantined may in each case be perfectly healthy, but the suspicion that they are harbouring disease provokes the application of quarantine procedures.
- 3 [no object] • archaic (Of a ship or its crew) moor in a harbor: he might have harbored in San FranciscoMore example sentences
- I first used them in an essay on Pope John XXIII, who believed the Church was like a ship that belonged at sea - not harboured in safe havens.
- Moments proceeded swiftly through the seas of time; after four passings of the moon a large fleet of ships harbored themselves in the bay.
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- It shall be unlawful for any owner or harborer to maintain a vicious dog upon any premises which does not have a locked enclosure sufficient to prevent escape.
- It shall be unlawful for any owner or harborer to allow dogs in their charge to disturb the peace within the City.
- Any owner or harborer of a domestic animal may provide for an enclosed pet run. on his or her property.
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- That anchorless, harborless desire seems very American to me.
- The east coast of the South Island is rough and harbourless, except at Banks Peninsula and about Dunedin.
- Sailing, he comes to an island, small and rugged but-green with grass or moss and littered with shells-a relief on this harborless voyage over endless seas.
late Old English herebeorg 'shelter, refuge', herebeorgian 'occupy shelter', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch herberge and German Herberge, also to French auberge 'inn'; see also harbinger.