Definition of Harness

1. Noun. A support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute).

Group relationships: Chute, Parachute
Generic synonyms: Support

2. Verb. Put a harness. "Harness the horse"
Exact synonyms: Tackle
Category relationships: Animal Husbandry
Generic synonyms: Attach
Specialized synonyms: Inspan
Antonyms: Unharness

3. Noun. Stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart.

4. Verb. Exploit the power of. "Harness natural forces and resources"
Generic synonyms: Exploit, Tap

5. Verb. Control and direct with or as if by reins. "Rein a horse"
Exact synonyms: Draw Rein, Rein, Rein In
Generic synonyms: Command, Control
Derivative terms: Rein

6. Verb. Keep in check. "Rule one's temper"
Exact synonyms: Rein, Rule
Generic synonyms: Bound, Confine, Limit, Restrain, Restrict, Throttle, Trammel
Derivative terms: Rein

Definition of Harness

1. n. Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.

2. v. t. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.

Definition of Harness

1. Noun. A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps. ¹

2. Noun. A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to capture, control or put to use ¹

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Definition of Harness

1. to put tackle on a draft animal [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Harness

1. 1. An American bombycid moth (Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings, stripes and bands of buff on a black ground. 2. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array. "Harnessed in rugged steel." (Rowe) "A gay dagger, Harnessed well and sharp as point of spear." (Chaucer) 3. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively. "Harnessed to some regular profession." (J. C. Shairp) Harnessed antelope. Origin: OE. Harneisen; cf. F. Harnacher, OF. Harneschier. (06 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Harness

harness (current term)
harness bend
harness bends
harness cask
harness casks
harness horse
harness race
harness racing
harnessed antelope

Literary usage of Harness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1890)
"In 1840 harness was appointed instructor in surveying at Chatham, ... In 1844 harness went back to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich as professor of ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"It Is true the prosecutor says the harness recovered was identical with the harness ... But he does not say that the harness he lost was a single harness, ..."

3. A Documentary History of American Industrial Society by Eugene Allen Gilmore, American Bureau of Industrial Research, Carnegie Institution of Washington (1910)
"Proceedings of a meeting of saddlers and harness-makers on January 14, 1835. ... RESOLVED, that the Saddlers and harness Makers Society of Albany approve of ..."

4. The Old Pike: A History of the National Road, with Incidents, Accidents, and by Thomas Brownfield Searight (1894)
"Gears was the name old wagoners applicato harness. The gears usi-'l mi the team of the regular wagoner were of immense proportions. ..."

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