What does the word refuge mean?

Usage examples for refuge

  1. We turned off to the left through blinding gushes of rain, and headed for this refuge. – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  2. She carried her doubt and care to her husband, her sure refuge in perplexity. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. It had been a refuge; it had been a prison; it had been a place of dreams. – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay