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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
harbour a grudge (=to have a grudge for a long time)
▪ He was the sort of person to harbour a grudge for years.
harbour master
harbour resentment (=continue to feel it)
▪ You obviously harbour some resentment against your ex-boyfriend.
nurse/harbour/cherish an ambition (=have it for a long time, especially secretly)
▪ He had nursed an ambition to become a writer for many years.
the harbour entranceBritish English, the harbor entrance American English
▪ We watched as the ferry approached the harbour entrance.
▪ A natural harbour, set between two rocky headlands, forms a centre point from which narrow streets wind uphill.
▪ The path leads to Boscastle with its natural harbour - the only secure one on the rugged coastline between Padstow and Bude.
▪ I've often taken a board and gone sailing in Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world.
▪ For the Out Skerries comprise a group of three little islands which are conveniently arranged to form a perfect natural harbour.
▪ Observed by a colony of seals, we landed in a natural sheltered harbour.
▪ It is now more than four weeks since the whales were sighted in the enclosed natural harbour.
▪ Finnan knew the harbour master well, and found a berth for the flatboat.
▪ Yanto's father had got hell from the harbour master and Yanto had got hell from his old man.
▪ The harbour master at Million Cove said we must pay the £2 each to the National Trust.
▪ The Chichester harbour master was fed up with waving.
▪ No, Sabine Jourdain fell among thieves while she was walking through the harbour.
▪ An empty apartment within walking distance of the harbour was found for us where we could cook and sleep and wash.
▪ I saw her walking through the harbour and I followed.
▪ Ten minutes walk from the harbour are shingle beaches with safe swimming, pedalo hire and a windsurfing school for the energetic.
▪ I walked about the harbour, making up my mind what to do.
▪ As I walked away from the harbour I looked at my watch.
▪ About 7,000 yachts had been in the harbour for days to get the best view.
▪ For the Out Skerries comprise a group of three little islands which are conveniently arranged to form a perfect natural harbour.
▪ Large numbers of nuclear-powered submarines are laid up at a harbour near Murmansk.
▪ There are also some interesting old buildings to see around the Shore and at the old-world fishing harbour of Newhaven.
▪ My brothers and sisters knew my dad could harbour a grudge, but not like this.
▪ Harrison was a man who loved to harbour a grudge.
▪ The students harboured hidden resentment and committed deceit.
▪ Taylor denied harbouring a grudge against his former boss.
▪ Between 30 and 50% of people in western countries harbour methanogenic bacteria in their colons.
▪ But as I studied him any aggressive feelings I may have harboured evaporated quickly.
▪ Every available stretch of water - be it river, sea or reservoir - is likely to harbour a sailing club.
▪ I abandoned the garden, which harboured the non-existent toad.
▪ It appeared isolated, withdrawn, harbouring something which, if revealed, might shock and frighten its neighbours.
▪ It is especially good for people with allergies as it doesn't harbour dust.
▪ The students harboured hidden resentment and committed deceit.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Harbor \Har"bor\ (h[aum]r"b[~e]r), v. t. [Written also harbour.] [imp. & p. p. Harbored (-b[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Harboring.] [OE. herberen, herberwen, herbergen; cf. Icel. herbergj

  1. See Harbor, n.] To afford lodging to; to entertain as a guest; to shelter; to receive; to give a refuge to; to indulge or cherish (a thought or feeling, esp. an ill thought); as, to harbor a grudge.

    Any place that harbors men.

    The bare suspicion made it treason to harbor the person suspected.
    --Bp. Burnet.

    Let not your gentle breast harbor one thought of outrage.


Harbor \Har"bor\ (h[aum]r"b[~e]r), n. [Written also harbour.] [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.]

  1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter.

    [A grove] fair harbour that them seems.

    For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked.

  2. Specif.: A lodging place; an inn. [Obs.]

  3. (Astrol.) The mansion of a heavenly body. [Obs.]

  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. (Glass Works) A mixing box for materials.

    Harbor dues (Naut.), fees paid for the use of a harbor.

    Harbor seal (Zo["o]l.), the common seal.

    Harbor watch, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. 1 (context obsolete uncountable English) shelter, refuge. 2 A place of shelter or refuge. 3 (context obsolete English) A house of the zodiac. 4 A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload. 5 (context astrology English) The mansion of a heavenly body. 6 A mixing box for materials in glass-working. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To provide shelter or refuge for. 2 (context transitive English) To accept, as with a belief.

  1. n. a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo [syn: seaport, haven, harbor]

  2. a place of refuge and comfort and security [syn: harbor]

  3. v. secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals) [syn: harbor]

  4. keep in one's possession; of animals [syn: harbor]

  5. hold back a thought or feeling about; "She is harboring a grudge against him" [syn: harbor, shield]

  6. maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment" [syn: harbor, hold, entertain, nurse]

Harbour (novel)

Harbour is a 2008 horror/ drama novel written by John Ajvide Lindqvist about a cursed island called Domarö in the Stockholm archipelago.

Harbour (horse)

Harbour (1979–1985) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse. In the early part of 1982 she appeared to establish herself as the best of an exceptionally strong group of French three-year-old fillies by winning the Prix Vanteaux, Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane and decisively defeating rivals including All Along and Akiyda. Her form was less impressive in the autumn and was retired after a disappointing run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Harbour (software)

Harbour is a modern computer programming language, primarily used to create database/business programs. It is a modernized, open sourced and cross-platform version of the older and largely DOS-only Clipper system, which in turn developed from the dBase database market of the 1980s and 90s.

Harbour code using the same databases can be compiled under a wide variety of platforms, including DOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix variants, several BSD descendants, Mac OS X, MINIX 3, Windows CE, Pocket PC, Symbian, iOS, Android, QNX, VxWorks, OS/2/ eComStation, BeOS/ Haiku, AIX.

Harbour (film)

Harbour is a 1996 Indian Malayalam film directed by P Anil, Babu Narayanan and starring Vijayaraghavan and Chippy in the lead roles.

Usage examples of "harbour".

As soon as the Fortitude is loaded, put a prize crew aboard her and shape her a course for English Harbour.

Harry, is that if the orders were lying about for all to see, with sailors being the gossips they are then the men aboard any ship in the harbour would soon be appraised of their contents.

Tim had always found himself especially attuned to the deserted charms of Candie Gardens in winter, enjoying the bare traceries of the trees and the widened harbour view, the few points of colour against the monochrome background - the red and pink of the camellias near the top gate, the hanging yellow bells of the winter-flowering abutilon with their red clappers, even the iridescence of the mallard drake circling the largest of the ponds with his speckled mate.

He gazed across the harbour to where the Ama fleet lay sprawled across the middle distance.

From forwards, a well-muffled observer could make out the jolly boat ahead with the ancipital rowers straining as they pulled the warship out of harbour.

The location of the harbour of Sliesthorp which, according to the annals, was used by Godfred, is uncertain, but as it must have been protected by his new wall it was probably somewhere on the north side of the Slie, near the present Gottorp or Slesvig.

Admiral Nok is to leave Hissar Harbour and proceed to Aren as soon as his ships are resupplied.

The trader was towed clear of the inside harbour before being allowed to stretch sails, flanked by Imperial galleys that would provide escort crossing Aren Bay.

He and Astell said goodbye to the others as they climbed out at the harbour, and the barge turned back towards the lake.

The harbour defences, manned largely by Maltese, destroyed almost the whole attacking force in spite of its daring.

Pevensey on the other side of Beachy Head, which was a more important harbour, or possibly even as far as the Isle of Wight.

From anywhere off Beachy Head, the nearest harbour was Pevensey, not Bulverhythe, and to catch the tide they altered course towards it.

That the colonists were in a fighting mood was apparent when a party of young men, disguised as Mohawk Indians, boarded a vessel belonging to the East India Company and which was carrying a consignment of Bohea tea to the value of 18,000 pounds and tipped it into Boston harbour.

Turkish frontier, but the government is making great efforts to divert the trade to Varna and Burgas, and important harbour works have been carried out at both these ports.

Beyond it, filling the sky above the harbour, was an enormous storm-cloud, flashes burgeoning from its heaving depths.