refuge-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a place of shelter or protection

Commentary: REFUGE[+location][+place][+shelter]
NOTE: refers to a physical locale

We made ourselves a nice refuge for the night out of fallen tree branches and brush.
These waters are now a marine refuge for all species of sea turtle.
This is a refuge for homeless women.
It was a beautiful wildlife refuge along a winding river.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 2: a state or condition of protection

Commentary: REFUGE[+state][+protected]
NOTE: focus is on the condition or state of being protected, sheltered

We sought refuge from the thunderstorm under a large pine tree.
During the riots the tourists found refuge in the French Embassy.
He could find no refuge from the daily hounding of the press.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: a resource that aids or helps one

Commentary: REFUGE[+manner][+means][+help] [+relation][+resource][+aid]
NOTE: focus is on a means of obtaining protection, relief

Her last refuge was to ask her uncle for a business loan.
They are seeking refuge through the court system.
Bob found refuge in drinking after his divorce.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4