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Meaning of HARNESS

Pronunciation:  'hârnis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [n]  a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
  3. [v]  keep in check; "rule one's temper"
  4. [v]  exploit the power of; "harness natural forces and resources"
  5. [v]  put a harness on; of animals such as horses
  6. [v]  control and direct with or as if by reins; as of a horse

HARNESS is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
  2. \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.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. 'asar, "to bind;" hence the act of fastening animals to a cart (1 Sam. 6:7, 10; Jer. 46:4, etc.).

(2.) An Old English word for "armour;" Heb. neshek (2 Chr. 9:24).

(3.) Heb. shiryan, a coat of mail (1 Kings 22:34; 2 Chr. 18:33; rendered "breastplate" in Isa. 59:17).

(4.) The children of Israel passed out of Egypt "harnessed" (Ex. 13:18), i.e., in an orderly manner, and as if to meet a foe. The word so rendered is probably a derivative from Hebrew _hamesh_ (i.e., "five"), and may denote that they went up in five divisions, viz., the van, centre, two wings, and rear-guard.

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