from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The gear or tackle, other than a yoke, with which a draft animal pulls a vehicle or implement.
- n. Something resembling such gear or tackle, as the arrangement of straps used to hold a parachute to the body.
- n. A device that raises and lowers the warp threads on a loom.
- n. Archaic Armor for a man or horse.
- transitive v. To put a harness on (a draft animal).
- transitive v. To fasten by the use of a harness.
- transitive v. To bring under control and direct the force of: If you can harness your energy, you will accomplish a great deal.
- idiom in harness On duty or at work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps.
- n. A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function.
- v. to place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain
- v. to capture, control or put to use
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.
- n. The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.
- transitive v. Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense.
- transitive v. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The defensive armor and weapons of a soldier, especially of a knight; in general, and especially in modern poetical use, a suit of armor.
- n. Clothing; dress; garments.
- n. The working-gear or tackle of a horse, mule, ass, goat, dog, or other animal (except the ox) used for draft; the straps, collar, bridle, lines, traces, etc., put upon a draft-animal to enable it to work and to guide its actions. See cut in next column.
- n. Hence Figuratively, working-tackle of any kind; an equipment for any kind of labor; also, that which fits or makes ready for labor: as, his duties keep him constantly in the harness.
- n. The apparatus in a loom by which the sets of warp-threads are shifted alternately to form the shed. It consists of the heddles and their means of support and motion. Also called mounting.
- n. The mechanism by which a large bell is suspended and tolled.
- n. Temper; humor: alluding to the behavior of a horse in harness.
- To dress in armor; equip with armor for war, as a man or horse.
- To fit out; equip; dress.
- To equip or furnish for defense.
- To put harness or working-tackle on, as a horse.
- To fit up or put together with metal mountings.
- To fasten to a boat by the toggle-iron and tow-line, as a whale.
- n. Nautical, an obsolete term for the furniture of a ship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. exploit the power of
- v. put a 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
- v. control and direct with or as if by reins
- 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
Middle English harnes, from Old French harneis, of Germanic origin; see nes-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman harneis, Old French hernois ("equipment used in battle"). (Wiktionary)