A woman wearing a harness for a roller coaster ride.
- The definition of a harness is a system of belts, straps or fabric to hold a person or animal down.
An example of harness is a bar that comes over riders on a roller-coaster.
- Harness is defined as to strap or belt someone or something down, or to bring under control for a purpose.
- An example of harness is to strap a person safely into a rollercoaster seat.
- An example of harness is to use solar power to generate energy.
- Archaic armor and other military equipment for a man or horse
- the assemblage of leather straps and metal pieces by which a horse, mule, etc. is fastened to a vehicle, plow, or load
- any trappings or gear similar to this; specif.,
- the straps, etc. by which a parachute is fastened to a person or object
- a device for raising and lowering the warp threads on a loom
- a set of electrical wires that can be quickly connected or disconnected as a unit at pluglike junctions
Origin of harnessMiddle English harneis ; from OFr, armor ; from Old Norse an unverified form hernest, military supplies ; from herr, army, akin to harry + nest, provisions
- Obs. to put armor on
- to put harness on (a horse, etc.)
- to attach (a horse, etc.) with a harness to something, as a wagon
- to control so as to use the power of: to harness one's energy
in double harness
- in or at one's routine work
- in cooperation; in tandem
- The gear or tackle, other than a yoke, with which a draft animal pulls a vehicle or implement.
- Something resembling such gear or tackle, as the arrangement of straps used to hold a parachute to the body.
- A device that raises and lowers the warp threads on a loom.
- Archaic Armor for a man or horse.
transitive verbhar·nessed, har·ness·ing, har·ness·es
- a. To put a harness on (a draft animal).b. To fasten by the use of a harness.
- To bring under control and direct the force of: If you can harness your energy, you will accomplish a great deal.
Origin of harnessMiddle English harnes, from Old French harneis, of Germanic origin; see nes-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (countable) A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps.
- (countable) A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function.
- (dated) The complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; armour in general.
- The part of a loom comprising the heddles, with their means of support and motion, by which the threads of the warp are alternately raised and depressed for the passage of the shuttle.
(third-person singular simple present harnesses, present participle harnessing, simple past and past participle harnessed)
Anglo-Norman harneis, Old French hernois (“equipment used in battle”).