Definitions for: Harness

[n] stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
[n] a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
[v] keep in check; "rule one's temper"
[v] exploit the power of; "harness natural forces and resources"
[v] put a harness on; of animals such as horses
[v] control and direct with or as if by reins; as of a horse

Webster (1913) Definition: Har"ness, n. [OE. harneis, harnes, OF. harneis, F.
harnais, harnois; of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. harnez old
iron, armor, W. haiarn iron, Armor. houarn, Ir. iarann, Gael.
iarunn. Gf. Iron.]
1. Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military
sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.

At least we 'll die witch harness on our back.

2. The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing
a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling.

3. 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.

To die in harness, to die with armor on; hence,
colloquially, to die while actively engaged in work or

Har"ness, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harnessed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Harnessing.] [OE. harneisen; cf. F. harnacher, OF.
1. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a
horseman; to array.

Harnessed in rugged steel. --Rowe.

A gay dagger, Harnessed well and sharp as point of
spear. --Chaucer.

2. Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense. --Dr. H. More.

3. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a
horse. Also used figuratively.

Harnessed to some regular profession. --J. C.

Harnessed antelope. (Zo["o]l.) See Guib.

Harnessed moth (Zo["o]l.), an American bombycid moth
(Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings,
stripes and bands of buff on a black ground.

Synonyms: draw rein, rein, rein, rein in, rule

Antonyms: unharness

See Also: attach, bound, bridle, chute, cinch, command, confine, control, exploit, girth, hackamore, halter, headgear, inspan, limit, martingale, parachute, restrain, restrict, saddlery, stable gear, support, tack, throttle, trace, trammel, work

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