The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Refuge \Ref"uge\ (r?f"?j), n. [F. r['e]fuge, L. refugium, fr.
refugere to flee back; pref. re- + figere. SEe Fugitive.]
1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these
Find place or refuge. --Milton.
We might have a strong consolation, who have fled
for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
--Heb. vi. 18.
2. 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 refuger the wild goats. --Ps.
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed.
--Ps. ix. 9.
3. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or
Their latest refuge
Was to send him. --Shak.
Light must be supplied, among gracefulrefuges, by
terracing ??? story in danger of darkness. --Sir H.
Cities of refuge (Jewish Antiq.), certain cities appointed
as places of safe refuge for persons who had committed
homicide without design. Of these there were three on each
side of Jordan. --Josh. xx.
House of refuge, a charitable institution for giving
shelter and protection to the homeless, destitute, or
Syn: Shelter; asylum; retreat; covert.