1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter. "[A grove] fair harbour that them seems." (Spenser) "For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked." (Dryden)

2. Specif., A lodging place; an inn.

3. <astronomy> The mansion of a heavenly body.

4. A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water, either landlocked or artificially protected so as to be a place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or haven.

5. A mixing box materials. Harbor dues, fees paid for the use of a harbor.

<zoology> Harbor seal, the common seal. Harbor watch, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch.

Origin: OE herbor, herberwe, herberge, Icel. Herbergi (cf. OHG. Heriberga), orig, a shelter for soldiers; herr army + bjarga to save, help, defend; akin to AS. Here army, G. Heer, OHG. Heri, Goth. Harjis, and AS. Beorgan to save, shelter, defend, G. Bergen. See Harry, 2d Bury, and cf. Harbinger.

(01 Mar 1998)

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