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Haven definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HA'VEN,n. ha'vn.
1. A harbor; a port; a bay, recess or inlet of the sea, or the mouth of a river which affords good anchorage and a safe station for ships; any place in which ships can be sheltered by the land from the force of tempests and a violent sea.
2. A shelter; an asylum; a place of safety.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary [syn: haven, oasis]
2: a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo [syn: seaport, haven, harbor, harbour]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hæfen; akin to Middle High German habene harbor Date: before 12th century 1. harbor, port 2. a place of safety ; refuge 3. a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions <a haven for artists> • haven transitive verb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a harbour or port. 2 a place of refuge. Etymology: OE hæfen f. ON höfn

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Haven Ha"ven, n. [AS. h[ae]fene; akin to D. & LG. haven, G. hafen, MNG. habe, Dan. havn, Icel. h["o]fn, Sw. hamn; akin to E. have, and hence orig., a holder; or to heave (see Heave); or akin to AS. h[ae]f sea, Icel. & Sw. haf, Dan. hav, which is perh. akin to E. heave.] 1. A bay, recess, or inlet of the sea, or the mouth of a river, which affords anchorage and shelter for shipping; a harbor; a port. What shipping and what lading's in our haven. --Shak. Their haven under the hill. --Tennyson. 2. A place of safety; a shelter; an asylum. --Shak. The haven, or the rock of love. --Waller.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Haven Ha"ven, v. t. To shelter, as in a haven. --Keats.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(havens) A haven is a place where people or animals feel safe, secure, and happy. ...Lake Baringo, a freshwater haven for a mixed variety of birds. = refuge N-COUNT: oft N for/of n see also safe haven

Easton's Bible Dictionary

a harbour (Ps. 107:30; Acts 27: 12). The most famous on the coast of Palestine was that of Tyre (Ezek. 27:3). That of Crete, called "Fair Havens," is mentioned Acts 27:8.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


(1) choph (Ge 49:13, the Revised Version margin "beach"; Jud 5:17, the Revised Version margin "shore," the King James Version "seashore," the King James Version margin "port"); elsewhere "sea-shore" (De 1:7; Jos 9:1; Jer 47:7) or "sea coast" (Eze 25:16); from root chaphaph, "to wash" or "to lave"; compare Arabic chaffa, "to rub"; and chaffat, "border"; Chufuf, in Eastern Arabia;

(2) machoz (Ps 107:30);

(3) limen (Ac 27:12 bis); also Fair Havens, kaloi limenes (Ac 27:8)):

While the Greek limen is "harbor," the Hebrew Choph is primarily "shore." There is no harbor worthy of the name on the shore of Palestine South of Chaifa. Indeed there is no good natural harbor on the whole coast of Syria and Palestine. The promontories of Carmel, Beirut and Tripolis afford shelter from the prevalent southwest wind, but offer no refuge from the fury of a northern gale. On rocky shores there are inlets which will protect sail boats at most times, but the ships of the ancients were beached in rough weather, and small craft are so treated at the present time. See illustration under BITHYNIA, p. 483.

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Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Harbor, port. 2. Shelter, asylum, place of safety, harbor.

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