Adjective "harbour" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A place on the coast where ships may moor in shelter, especially one protected from rough water by piers, jetties, and other artificial structures.
  1. 'the westerly wind kept us in harbour until the following afternoon'
  2. 'The only light came from the two cruise ships moored in the harbour.'
  3. 'The funny thing was that the Japanese irezumi artists now got new clients - the sailors from the foreign ships anchoring in Japanese harbors.'
  4. 'They will then sail down the harbour while ships alongside pay their respect.'
  5. 'But instead of issuing forth to finish off the demoralized Japanese squadron the Russian ships remained safely in harbour.'
  6. 'Big conger inhabit a number of environments, including deep water rock marks, harbours, jetties, piers, breakwaters and the odd sandy beach!'
  7. 'It is mostly the fishermen that make use of the harbour with big ships docking occasionally.'
  8. 'During the storms of winter ships in the harbour were drydocked for repairs and refitting.'
  9. 'That night, while Laurel was brushing her teeth, I stared out our window at the cruise ships docked in the harbor.'
  10. 'The ship docked in the harbour here on Monday night and the captain was given the option to pay the fine or appear in court.'
  11. 'The harbor is protected by a long jetty running more or less north and south, and you have to enter at the southern end.'
  12. 'Are we less than the men who left safe harbors and shouldered through cold oceans?'
  13. 'Here the nature of an inn, historically, has been as a safe harbour and secure refuge from the perils of the highway.'
  14. 'But now you no longer need a safe harbor from U.S. monetary tightening, so Malaysia shouldn't be selling at a premium.'
  15. 'The best hope was that it would offer other safe harbors and define proportionality more flexibly.'
  16. 'As interest rates continue their rise in the US and the eurozone, and quite likely in Japan in the near future, it may be that some of that investment money might be returning home to safer harbours.'
  17. 'The girls were suddenly forced to find their safe harbor in me.'
  18. 'In a positive effort to stop the cycle of incarceration among children of prisoners, the camp experience has become a safe harbor.'
  19. 'Self-regulation can work if there is both a default rule urging for its fine tuning (via contract), and a common sharing of values upon which to build the needed exceptions and safe harbours.'
  20. 'Time and again, the legislation has sailed through congressional votes only to encounter choppy seas as it neared the safe harbor of enactment.'
  21. 'On one level the little arms around you and the fact that he regards you as a safe harbor in a pinch is a great, uplifting feeling.'


Keep (a thought or feeling, typically a negative one) in one's mind, especially secretly.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Besides, it's not healthy to harbour secret feelings for a guy.'
  3. 'There is no loathing that any man harbours more intense than that towards his benefactors.'
  4. 'The prosecution proposed that Mr Gassy had harboured feelings of resentment and anger towards Dr Tobin for her part in his deregistration.'
  5. '‘I've always harboured a secret desire to confront him, though I know it would never have been allowed,’ said Mr Mellor.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'I know how it is harboring secret feelings for somebody when you don't think the time is right.'
  8. 'It's now no secret that these two are secretly harbouring feelings for each other, but I'm doing my best to ruin things between them (primarily to get even with Robb).'
  9. 'Many of us secretly harbor a suspicion that somebody somewhere really is finding both fun and fulfillment while being sexually promiscuous.'
  10. 'Although the world title had brought him wealth and prestige in his home country, he secretly harboured grave doubts about the Communist system that he represented.'
Give a home or shelter to.
  1. 'Just offshore from the Stromsholmen centre lies the island of Kvitholmen, which harbours yet more facilities for divers who want a little more seclusion.'
  2. 'Both sites show evidence they once contained liquid water and might therefore harbor fossils of primitive life.'
  3. 'This rationale can be used to identify genomic regions or genes harboring mutations that maintain reproductive barriers between diverging populations.'
  4. 'But I guess reliving a total sophomore-year-of-high school moment harbors a shred of entertainment at age 24.'
  5. 'In fact, Mars once might have harbored a planet-wide ocean.'
  6. 'The new images showed further details of what scientists believe is the rocky bed of an ancient lake that may have once harboured life.'
  7. 'These bacteria form a living mat of intertwined filaments at the surface of the stromatolite, which also harbours numerous other types of micro-organisms.'
  8. 'Instead, I wish good luck to the club that once harboured my second favourite player outside George Best, England's greatest marksman, Jimmy Greaves.'
  9. 'The play opens at the Hardcastle home - and the lazy, rural state of affairs it harbours - where Kate is soon to meet her unknown intended, Marlowe.'
  10. '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.'
  11. 'he was suspected of harbouring an escaped prisoner'
  12. 'According to the report ‘the system harbours larger and heavier particles that are made of iron, rather than carbon.’'
  13. 'The people who were with him are totally innocent but if they don't come forward then they are harbouring a criminal and part of this crime.'
  14. 'Rather, the police should take swift and decisive action against such offenses as harboring criminals, dealing drugs and swindling people.'
  15. 'The minority institutions have been accused of harbouring anti-national elements and fostering anti-national culture without a shred of evidence.'
  16. 'Proponents argue that genetic engineering harbours enormous potential benefits to farming and the food supply around the world.'
  17. 'The solution to the crime and killings is very simple: move on the so-called ‘community leaders’ who, under the disguise of religion, are harbouring criminals to do their dirty works.'
  18. 'She was given an 18-month conditional discharge for harbouring a known criminal by a judge who described her actions as ‘a crime of passion’.'
  19. 'This 16 th-century coaching inn, in the characterful market town of Pickering, once harboured smugglers moving salt from Whitby to York.'
  20. 'Moreover, the logic of specialisation in the knowledge necessary to participate meaningfully in such speculative poetics harbours within it a repressed identity.'
  21. 'the solid prosperity of Britannia was never securely extended north of the Humber, where the Cumbrian mountains and Pennine chain harboured disruptive local tribes.'
  22. 'Properly dispose of the plant material to avoid harboring diseases over winter.'
  23. 'Also, clean up fallen leaves from beneath fruit trees; they may be harboring diseases.'
  24. 'Now, they are again insisting that their beef is safe, but that assertion is questionable given that there is currently no reliable way to test live animals to see if they are harbouring the disease.'
  25. 'Briefly, single yeast colonies harboring the TNR sequences were resuspended in water and appropriate dilutions were plated onto nonselective media.'
  26. 'Single radiolabelled colonies harbouring plasmids with inserts bigger than 1000 bp were analysed further.'
  27. 'Long before the germ theory of disease, experience taught that illness could be contagious, and that textiles and sealed containers could harbour disease.'
  28. 'Solitary nodules are more common than multinodular goitres clinically, and solitary nodules used to be considered more likely to harbour malignant disease.'
  29. 'Rats scurry along dark alleys, each filthy pavement and passage harbours disease, household waste is flung from windows and danger lurks on every corner.'
  30. 'Venomous fish should not be confused with poisonous species, such as the infamous puffer fish, which harbor colonies of toxin-producing bacteria.'
  31. 'The strongest evidence thus far that Giardia once harbored a mitochondrial symbiont comes from analysis of cpn 60.'
(of a ship or its crew) moor in a harbour.
  1. 'Moments proceeded swiftly through the seas of time; after four passings of the moon a large fleet of ships harbored themselves in the bay.'

More definitions

1. harbor.

More examples(as adjective)

"works can be harbour."

"views can be harbour."

"people can be harbour."

"cities can be harbour."

"waves can be harbour."

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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.