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1harness

noun har·ness \ˈhär-nəs\

: a set of straps that are placed on an animal (such as a horse) so that it can pull something heavy

: a set of straps that are used to connect a person to something (such as a parachute or a seat)

Full Definition of HARNESS

1
a :  the gear other than a yoke of a draft animal
b :  gear, equipment; especially :  military equipment for a horse or man
2
a :  occupational surroundings or routine <get back into harness after a vacation>
b :  close association <ability to work in harness with others — R. P. Brooks>
3
a :  something that resembles a harness (as in holding or fastening something) <a parachute harness>
b :  prefabricated wiring with insulation and terminals ready to be attached
4
:  a part of a loom which holds and controls the heddles

Examples of HARNESS

  1. The pilot strapped himself into his harness before takeoff.

Origin of HARNESS

Middle English herneis baggage, gear, from Anglo-French harneis, herneis, probably from Old Norse *hernest, from herr army + nest provisions
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

2harness

verb

: to put a harness on (an animal)

: to attach (an animal) to something with a harness

: to use (something) for a particular purpose

Full Definition of HARNESS

transitive verb
1
a :  to put a harness on
b :  to attach by means of a harness
2
:  to tie together :  yoke
3
:  utilize <harness the computer's potential>

Examples of HARNESS

  1. The horses were harnessed to the wagon.
  2. Engineers are finding new ways to harness the sun's energy to heat homes.
  3. The company is harnessing technology to provide better service to its customers.
  4. They harnessed the power of the waterfall to create electricity.
  5. harness anger to fight injustice

First Known Use of HARNESS

14th century

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack
HARNESS Defined for Kids

1harness

noun har·ness \ˈhär-nəs\

Definition of HARNESS for Kids

:  the straps and fastenings placed on an animal so it can be controlled or prepared to pull a load

2harness

verb
har·nessedhar·ness·ing

Definition of HARNESS for Kids

1
:  to put straps and fastenings on <I harnessed the horses.>
2
:  to put to work :  utilize <Wind can be harnessed to generate power.>
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