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Dictionary Definition

harness

Noun

1 a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
2 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

Verb

1 put a harness; "harness the horse" [syn: tackle] [ant: unharness]
2 exploit the power of; "harness natural forces and resources"
3 control and direct with or as if by reins; "rein a horse" [syn: rein in, draw rein, rein]
4 keep in check; "rule one's temper" [syn: rule, rein]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  1. A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps.
  2. A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function.

Translations

Noun

Verb

  1. to place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain
    They harnessed the horse to the post.
  2. to capture, control or put to use
    Imagine what might happen if it were possible to harness solar energy fully.

Translations

Verb

Extensive Definition

A harness is a looped restraint or support.
harness in German: harnisch
harness in Norwegian: Harnisk
harness in Russian: Гарнитур (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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