Ha"ven (?), n. [AS. haefene; akin to D. & LG. haven, G. hafen, MNG. habe, Dan. havn, Icel. hofn, Sw. hamn; akin to E. have, and hence orig., a holder; or to heave (see Heave); or akin to AS. haef 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.

 

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Ha"ven, v. t.

To shelter, as in a haven.

Keats.

 

© Webster 1913.

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