harness
I. noun Etymology: Middle English herneis baggage, gear, from Anglo-French harneis, herneis, probably from Old Norse *hernest, from herr army + nest provisions Date: 14th century 1. a. the gear 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 ready to be attached 4. a part of a loom which holds and controls the heddles II. transitive verb Date: 14th century 1. a. to put a harness on b. to attach by means of a harness 2. to tie together ; yoke 3. utilize <
harness the computer's potential
>

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  • harness — [här′nis] n. [ME harneis < OFr, armor < ON * hernest, military supplies < herr, army, akin to HARRY + nest, provisions] 1. Archaic armor and other military equipment for a man or horse 2. the assemblage of leather straps and metal pieces …   English World dictionary

  • harness — har‧ness [ˈhɑːns ǁ ˈhɑːr ] verb [transitive] to control and use a natural force or people s energy or skills: • He designs systems to harness the energy of waves to produce electricity. * * * harness UK US /ˈhɑːnɪs/ verb [T] ► to collect and… …   Financial and business terms

  • Harness — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Charles L. Harness (1915–2005), US amerikanischer Schriftsteller Forest Harness (1895–1974), US amerikanischer Politiker Harness steht außerdem für: das Geschirr eines Zugtieres Synonym für einen Lifebelt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • harness — ► NOUN 1) a set of straps and fittings by which a horse or other draught animal is fastened to a cart, plough, etc. and is controlled by its driver. 2) a similar arrangement of straps, as for fastening a parachute to a person s body or for… …   English terms dictionary

  • Harness — Har ness ( n[e^]s), 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. Cf. {Iron}.] 1. Originally, the complete dress,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harness — [n] gear for controlling an animal belt, equipment, strap, tack, tackle, trappings; concept 496 harness [v] rein in; control accouter, apply, bind, bridle, channel, check, cinch, collar, constrain, couple, curb, domesticate, employ, equip,… …   New thesaurus

  • Harness — Har ness, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harnessed} ( n[e^]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Harnessing}.] [OE. harneisen; cf. F. harnacher, OF. harneschier.] 1. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array. [1913 Webster] Harnessed in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harness — index confine, constrain (imprison), constrain (restrain), curb, discipline (control), handcuff …   Law dictionary

  • Harness — A harness is a looped restraint or support.Harness may also refer to: *Harness (comics), a character in the Marvel Comics universe *Child harness *Climbing harness *Dog harness *Horse harness *Parrot harness *Safety harness *Test harness, in… …   Wikipedia

  • harness — harnesser, n. harnessless, adj. harnesslike, adj. /hahr nis/, n. 1. the combination of straps, bands, and other parts forming the working gear of a draft animal. Cf. yoke1 (def. 1). 2. (on a loom) the frame containing heddles through which the… …   Universalium

  • harness — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 for a horse ADJECTIVE ▪ leather VERB + HARNESS ▪ put on ▪ remove, take off PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

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