harness

I UK [ˈhɑː(r)nɪs] / US [ˈhɑrnəs] noun [countable]
Word forms "harness":
singular harness plural harnesses
a) a set of strong leather bands used for fastening around an animal such as a horse so that it can pull a vehicle
b) a set of strong bands of leather, cloth, or rope used for fastening someone in a particular place or position or for fastening something to their body

He was not wearing a safety harness when he fell.


II UK [ˈhɑː(r)nɪs] / US [ˈhɑrnəs] verb [transitive]
Word forms "harness":
present tense I/you/we/they harness he/she/it harnesses present participle harnessing past tense harnessed past participle harnessed
1) to get control of something in order to use it for a particular purpose

Humans first harnessed the power of electricity over 200 years ago.

We aim to do better at harnessing the skills and talents of our workforce.

2) to put a harness on a person or animal

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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 — (See Jacquards). The harness of a jacquard machine is the series of cords from the machine to the mail eyes which control the lifting of the warp threads. From the jacquard hooks downwards there are six items : tail pieces attached to the hooks… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 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

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