Definition for HA'VEN

HA'VEN, n. [ha'vn; Sax. hæfan; D. haven; Dan. havn; Fr. hâvre; Arm. haffn; G. hafen; from haber, a Gaulish word, signifying the mouth of a river, says Lunier. But in Welsh, hav is summer, and havyn is a flat, extended, still place, and a haven.]

  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. Shak.

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