A harbour or anchorage protected from the sea.
- what shipping and what lading's in our haven
(by extension) A place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.
- their haven under the hill
, date=December 21
, author=Helen Pidd
, title=Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis
, work=the Guardian
, passage=Since its conception, the European Union has been a haven
for those seeking refuge from war, persecution and poverty in other parts of the world.}}
* tax haven
To put into, or provide with a haven.
(often with 'the') : the distant sky of the sun, moon, and stars.
* (William Shakespeare), (The Comedie of Errors) , I i 66:
* 1625 , Nathanæl Carpenter, Geography delineated forth in two bookes , I iv 77:
- What obscured light the heauens did grant.
- The Heauens ...are carried in 24 houres from East to West.
:: The moon's path lies in that belt of the heavens known as the zodiac.
* 1981 , E.R. Harrison, Cosmology , XII 250:
- 1930 March, Nature , 179 2:
(religion) : the abode of God or the gods; the abode of the blessed departed.
* 1832 , Charles Coleman, The Mythology of the Hindus , XIII 220:
- In an infinite...universe the stars would collectively outshine the Sun and flood the heavens with light far more intense than is observed.
* 1906 July 30, Washington Post , 12 4:
- Like the Buddhas, they [the Jains ] believe that there is a plurality of heavens and hells.
(rare) : the near sky of the weather, etc.
(rare) the will of God or the gods, Providence.
* 1611 , (King James Bible), iv 26:
- Christ's coming from the heavens has entered into the life of humanity as the Founder of the world to come.
- After that thou shalt haue]] [[known, knowen that the heauens doe rule.
The plural form "heavens" or the heavens has been typical in reference to the impersonal sky since the 17th century. The plural form became less common in reference to the abode of God, the gods, or the blessed departed as the medieval view of celestial spheres was disproven; it is still commonly used, however, in discussing theologies such as Buddhism which retain numerous heavens or levels of heaven.
The term is capitalized as Heavens' or ' the Heavens when (infrequently) used as a proper name.
An expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, or frustration.
*:“Heavens! ” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
* good heavens!
* heavens above!