Harness meaning

härnĭs
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.

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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.

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A device that raises and lowers the warp threads on a loom.
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The gear or tackle, other than a yoke, with which a draft animal pulls a vehicle or implement.
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Something resembling such gear or tackle, as the arrangement of straps used to hold a parachute to the body.
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(archaic) Armor for a man or horse.
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(archaic) Armor and other military equipment for a man or horse.
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To control so as to use the power of.

To harness one's energy.

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To bring under control and direct the force of.

If you can harness your energy, you will accomplish a great deal.

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The assemblage of leather straps and metal pieces by which a horse, mule, etc. is fastened to a vehicle, plow, or load.
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Any trappings or gear similar to this.
  • 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.
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A set of electrical wires that can be quickly connected or disconnected as a unit at pluglike junctions.
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(obs.) To put armor on.
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(countable) A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function.
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(dated) The complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; armour in general.
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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.
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To place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain.

They harnessed the horse to the post.

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To capture, control or put to use.

Imagine what might happen if it were possible to harness solar energy fully.

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(countable) A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps.
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in harness
  • On duty or at work.
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in double harness
  • in a harness for two animals pulling the same carriage, plow, etc.
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in harness
  • in or at one's routine work
  • in cooperation; in tandem
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in double harness

Origin of harness

  • Middle English harnes from Old French harneis of Germanic origin nes-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman harneis, Old French hernois (“equipment used in battle”).

    From Wiktionary