harness

noun
har·ness | \ˈhär-nəs \

Definition of harness 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the equipment other than a yoke of a draft animal

b : gear, equipment especially : military equipment for a horse or man

2a : occupational surroundings or routine get back into harness after a vacation

b : close association ability to work in harness with others— R. P. Brooks

3a : something that resembles a harness (as in holding or fastening something) a parachute harness

b : prefabricated wiring with insulation and terminals (see terminal entry 2 sense 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

harness

verb
harnessed; harnessing; harnesses

Definition of harness (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Synonyms for harness

Synonyms: Verb

apply, employ, exercise, exploit, operate, use, utilize

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Examples of harness in a Sentence

Noun

The pilot strapped himself into his harness before takeoff.

Verb

The horses were harnessed to the wagon. Engineers are finding new ways to harness the sun's energy to heat homes. The company is harnessing technology to provide better service to its customers. They harnessed the power of the waterfall to create electricity. harness anger to fight injustice
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In good spirits and wearing a red harness, the rabbit had no forms of identification. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Lost rabbit caused bomb scare at Australian airport," 28 June 2018 The five passengers who died on the photo tour of New York City were required to wear more complicated safety harnesses because the tours often are done with the helicopter doors open. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Parents of New York Helicopter Crash Victim File Lawsuit," 14 Mar. 2018 This West End park gets $600,000 facelift - including a new spray park After getting buckled into a harness, Caleb, all 37 pounds and 3 feet 2 inches of him, walked up three steps to the treadmill. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kids make strides using new technology at Norton Healthcare," 7 June 2018 An important aspect of a harness is how the waistband and leg loops hold and distribute weight. Ula Chrobak, Outside Online, "Climb Comfortably in the Black Diamond Solution Harness," 19 Apr. 2018 An adjustable harness customizes the pack’s torso length. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Wire harnesses – that bundle of wires, terminals, and connectors that run the length of a vehicle – are an example. Molly Jackson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan?," 12 July 2018 Finally, the cloud cover changed and the helicopter crew was able to hover over the climber, where a pararescueman connected the injured climber to a harness and hoisted him back into the helicopter. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Climber in critical condition after 100-foot fall in remote Southwest Alaska mountains," 25 June 2018 Walleye – good and hitting bottom bouncers in 24-35 feet on bottom bounces and crawler harnesses. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Image The Chinese immigrant found fortune harnessing Canadian talent to develop cutting-edge technology, everything from semiconductors to facial recognition, to take back to China. Dan Levin, New York Times, "A Tech Guru Captivated Canada. Then He Fled to China.," 10 July 2018 His outrage reflects frustration among some Republicans, particularly those aligned with Bush, about the party's long-term ability to harness the growing segment of Latino voters. CBS News, "Border chaos inflames GOP split with Latinos," 23 June 2018 Just consider the ways in which patients are clamoring for more telemedicine and virtual doctor visit options while medical schools are harnessing virtual reality systems like Microsoft’s Hololens to teach anatomy to young surgeons. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "This Virtual Physical Therapy Is Better and Cheaper Than the Old-Fashioned Kind, Study Says," 9 Apr. 2018 Only the fierce discipline of the price-discovery mechanism of the private market can curb cryptocurrency’s volatility while harnessing its innovations. WSJ, "Cryptocurrency: Does Fed Want to Imitate Venezuela?," 14 Mar. 2018 At times, the boys were harnessed to ropes and drawn across steep caverns to spare them from climbing up and down jagged crevices and were floated across pools of water in other chambers. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Tears flow as Thai boys and parents see each other for first time since cave rescue," 11 July 2018 Still just 27 and always tinkering, Bauer has harnessed his significant talent in a big way this year. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Five players who should be easy calls as first-time MLB All-Stars," 5 July 2018 If that anger is harnessed correctly, Rottinghaus said Democrats are in a good position to gain seats in Congress and in the Texas Legislature. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Trump fuels anger, enthusiasm at Texas Democratic Convention," 20 June 2018 Ride-sharing services, hotel chains, retailers and others have joined longtime industry partners like beverage, credit card and cosmetics companies to harness the emotional power of music in their marketing. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2018 Top Branding Power Players," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of harness

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for harness

Noun

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

Verb

see harness entry 1

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harness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harness

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of harness (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a harness on (an animal)

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

: to use (something) for a particular purpose

harness

noun
har·ness | \ˈhär-nəs \

Kids Definition of harness

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

harness

verb
harnessed; harnessing

Kids Definition of harness (Entry 2 of 2)

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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