• Two Refuge Towers of the HirÛ-shÂÎtÛ, in The Wady BÎar
    Two Refuge Towers of the HirÛ-shÂÎtÛ, in The Wady BÎar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n refuge act of turning to for assistance "have recourse to the courts","an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
    • n refuge a shelter from danger or hardship
    • n refuge something or someone turned to for assistance or security "his only recourse was the police","took refuge in lying"
    • n refuge a safe place "He ran to safety"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A person standing under an oak tree is 16 more times liable to be hit by lightning than if he had taken refuge beneath a beech tree. The oak tree has vertical roots which provide a more direct route to ground water.
    • Refuge An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance. "Their latest refuge Was to send him.""Light must be supplied, among graceful refuges , by terracing any story in danger of darkness."
    • Refuge Shelter or protection from danger or distress. "Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these
      Find place or refuge ."
      "We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us."
    • Refuge That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy. "The high hills are a refuge r the wild goats.""The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed."
    • v. t Refuge To shelter; to protect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refuge Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
    • n refuge That which shelters or protects from danger, distress, or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place where one is out of the way of a threatened danger or evil; specifically, an institution where the destitute or homeless find temporary shelter; an asylum.
    • n refuge An expedient to secure protection, defense, or excuse; a device; a contrivance; a shift; a resource.
    • n refuge Synonyms Safety, security.
    • n refuge Asylum, retreat, sanctuary, harbor, covert.
    • refuge To shelter; protect; find refuge or excuse for.
    • refuge To take shelter.
    • n refuge A dialectal form of refuse.
    • n refuge Same as isle of safety.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Refuge ref′ūj that which affords shelter or protection: an asylum or retreat: a resource or expedient
    • v.t Refuge to find shelter for
    • v.i Refuge to take shelter
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Ambition is the last refuge of failure.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
  • Leonard Cohen
    “The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”
  • Marian Mountain
    Marian Mountain
    “This tattered life is my only robe; the wind my only refuge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réfuge, L. refugium, fr. refugere, to flee back; pref. re-, + figere,. SEe Fugitive


In literature:

Each mission was at once fortress, refuge, church, and town.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
You confess yourself to know his place of refuge, but urge a promise of secrecy.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He merely took refuge in dignified silence.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
All the Germans who have remained here seem to be paralysed with fright, and have for the most part taken refuge in convents, schools, etc.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
I'm sure you'll like to hear about the House of Refuge.
"The Making of Mary" by Jean Forsyth
In 1838 the House of Refuge was destroyed by fire, and a few years later Madison Square was laid out.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Tarquin, with his two sons, Titus and Aruns, took refuge at Caere, in Etruria.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Finally he took refuge in London, the home of all the homeless, and there he was lost and forgotten.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
I told them who I was and how I had been bidden by the patrol officer to seek refuge with them.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
No refuge for him here!
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt

In poetry:

Just are thy ways, and true thy word,
Great Rock of my secure abode:
Who is a God beside the Lord?
Or where's a refuge like our God?
"Psalm 18 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Self whispered suddenly, Where, then, thy home?
What haunt, what mansion wide?
What refuge after toil in which to roam
Where silence may abide?
"The Warder" by Annie Adams Fields
His father beheld him with grief,
Seeing both, he yet more and more grieves,
While his eyes, as in search of relief,
Look forth from his refuge of leaves.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
Rest of the weary, joy of the sad,
Hope of the dreary, light of the glad;
Home of the stranger, strength to the end,
Refuge from danger, Savior and Friend!
"Rest of the Weary" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell
The morning breeze tended to the rose,
A maid-in-waiting, as the flower grows.
If in the sun you have a shady refuge,
Seek the shade of a rose, and one who glows.
"Rubaiyat 27" by Shams al-Din Hafiz
For I make my heart the home
Of all hearts in grief that come
Seeking refuge and a rest.
Do not fear me, for you know,
Be your footsteps e'er so low,
I know yours, of all, the best.
"A Blessing" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

A couple paddles by a houseboat in the Lake River on Wednesday near the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Shelter Offers Round-The-Clock Refuge During Hypothermia Alert.
Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. Is a refuge for picnickers, bird watchers, joggers and history buffs.
For a thousand years the Catholic Church has been a refuge for gay men.
The followers of St Francis lost two brothers and a refuge.
My refuge from lousy writing.
It brings the harried soul good medicine, a free vacation, a deep, quiet refuge.
I will seek refuge in this last-resort fall-back argument.
In rural California, a Liberian family finds an agricultural refuge.
The last refuge of the terminally insomniac.
A National Wildlife Refuge was set aside to protect a Georgia and Florida swamp.
Squaw creek refuge facing south.
On June 12 at 3 pm this picture was taken of the Squaw Creek refuge which is located on 18 acres behind Tallgrass Dr It is about 15 feet past it's bank.
Geese fill the sky at the Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, with the Sutter Buttes in the distance.
Mystery bird spotted at New Mexico national refuge.

In science:

Once again before leaving this section, we shall re-emphasis that unlike the asymmetric twin paradox, where one can seek refuge by invoking the GTR to deal with the accelerations of one of the twins, here, this clearly won’t work since both twins will all undergo the same experience.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
Until this puzzle is resolved by more data (the last refuge of the theorist), I will adopt as a default estimate the one derived by O’Meara et al. (2001): (D/H)BBN ≡ 3.0 ± 0.4 × 10−5 .
Tracking The Baryon Density From The Big Bang To The Present
Many people do not buy the diquark model, and so seek refuge in the possibility that Q2 ∼ 15 GeV2 is not large enough for pQCD to be valid.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
Common areas include the cafeteria/refuge, a modest office area (10 offices and a 30’ by 40’ seminar/discussion room), a machine shop within the clean area, and a second machining area outside the clean area.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Refuge areas will be incorporated into the Ancillary support facilities near the Ross Shaft.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake