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harness

noun har·ness \ ˈhär-nəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of harness

1 a : the equipment 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 (see 2terminal 3) ready to be attached (as in an ignition or lighting system)
  • a wiring harness
4 : a part of a loom which holds and controls the heddles

Examples of harness in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of harness

Middle English herneis baggage, gear, from Anglo-French harneis, herneis, probably from Old Norse *hernest, from herr army + nest provisions

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harness

verb

Definition of harness

transitive verb
1 a : to put a harness on
  • harnessed the ox
b : to attach by means of a harness
  • harness the horses to the wagon
2 : to tie together : yoke
  • must harness his mechanical apparatus to his creative mind
  • —Andrew Buchanan
3 : utilize
  • harness the computer's potential

Examples of harness in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of harness

harness Synonyms

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HARNESS Defined for English Language Learners

harness

noun

Definition of harness for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


harness

verb

Definition of harness for English Language Learners

  • : to put a harness on (an animal)

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

  • : to use (something) for a particular purpose


HARNESS Defined for Kids

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harness

noun har·ness \ ˈhär-nəs \

Definition of harness for Students

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

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harness

verb

Definition of harness for Students

harnessed; harnessing
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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