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As a noun, a haven, or a space of deep water so sheltered by the adjacent land and surroundings as to afford a safe anchorage for ships.

As a verb, to afford lodging to, to shelter, or to give a refuge to. To clandestinely shelter, succor, and protect improperly admitted Aliens. It may be aptly used to describe the furnishing of shelter, lodging, or food clandestinely or with concealment, and under certain circumstances may be equally applicable to those acts divested of any accompanying secrecy. Harboring a criminal is a crime under both federal and state statutes and a person who harbors a criminal is an Accessory after the fact.


verb afford sanctuary, aid, cache, care for, cloak, conceal, cover, defend, ensconce, give refuge, grant asylum, guard, haven, hide, insure, keep, keep out of sight, keep safe, keep secret, lodge, look after, maintain, protect, provide refuge, provide safety, provide sanctuary, quarter, safeguard, screen, seclude, secrete, shelter, shield, shroud, stow away, sustain, watch
Associated concepts: accessory after the fact, alienation of affections, assisting escape, harbor and secrete, harboring a criminal, harboring a fugitive, harboring an animal
See also: conceal, cover, foster, guard, haven, hide, house, lodge, lodging, nurture, preserve, protect, protection, refuge, screen, shelter

HARBOR. A place where ships may ride with safety; any navigable water protected by the surrounding country; a haven. (q.v.) It is public property. 1. Bouv. Inst. n. 435.

TO HARBOR, torts. To receive clandestinely or without lawful authority a person for the purpose of so concealing him that another having a right to the lawful custody of such person, shall be deprived of the same; for example, the harboring of a wife or an apprentice, in order to deprive the husband or the master of them; or in a less technical sense, it is the reception of persons improperly. 10 N. H. Rep. 247; 4 Scam. 498.
     2. The harboring of such persons will subject the harborer to an, action for the injury; but in order to put him completely in the wrong, a demand should be made for their restoration, for in cases where the harborer has not committed any other wrong than merely receiving the plaintiff's wife, child, or apprentice, he may be under no obligation to return them without a demand. 1 Chit. Pr. 564; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 2 N. Car. Law Repos. 249; 5 How. U. S. Rep. 215, 227.

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Researchers have launched for the first time, an in-depth study into the site's promontory, the piece of land protruding into the sea, which made the site a natural harbor.
Arul visited Trincomalee, a city on the east coast with a natural harbor.
In light of the Gold Rush of 1849, the federal government felt that the San Francisco Bay area, the largest natural harbor of the West, would be a target for foreign invaders.
Later, it became a commercial center for merchants capitalizing on its fine natural harbor.
When Robert Falcon Scott made his first trip to the frozen south in 1902, this natural harbor provided a safe anchorage for his ship Discovery during the expedition's two-year-long stay on the ice.
San Diego is distinctive in that its downtown region spills right down to the edge of its superb natural harbor - which, after explorer Juan Cabrillo spied it 460 years ago, served as the impetus for the founding of the settlement.
Especially, ZRCC is near to Ningbo Beilun natural harbor and maintains a crude deep-water port of 250 thousands tons.
However, the Port is naturally blessed with a depth of 14m, the best natural harbor in the southeastern region of Africa.
The port of Cardenas is located in a wide 95-sq-mile natural harbor along Cuba's north coast, 90 nautical miles east of Havana and facing the Straits of Florida, near Cuba's closest point to U.