What does harness mean?

Definitions for harness
ˈhɑr nɪshar·ness

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word harness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harnessnoun

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

  2. harnessverb

    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

  3. harness, tackleverb

    put a harness

    "harness the horse"

  4. harnessverb

    exploit the power of

    "harness natural forces and resources"

  5. harness, rein in, draw rein, reinverb

    control and direct with or as if by reins

    "rein a horse"

  6. rule, harness, reinverb

    keep in check

    "rule one's temper"


  1. harnessnoun

    A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps.

  2. harnessnoun

    A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function.

  3. harnessverb

    to place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain

    They harnessed the horse to the post.

  4. harnessverb

    to capture, control or put to use

    Imagine what might happen if it were possible to harness solar energy fully.

  5. Etymology: harneis, hernois.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HARNESSnoun

    Etymology: harnois, French, supposed from iern or hiern, Runnick; hiairn, Welsh and Erse, iron.

    A goodly knight, all dress’d in harness meet,
    That from his head no place appeared to his feet. F. Queen.

    Doff thy harness, youth:
    I am to-day i’ th’ vein of chivalry. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cress.

    Of no right, nor colour like to right,
    He doth fill fields with harness. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Were I a great man, I should fear to drink:
    Great men should drink with harness on their throats. William Shakespeare.

    Or wilt thou ride? Thy horses shall be trapp’d,
    Their harness studded all with gold and pearl. William Shakespeare.

    Their steeds around,
    Free from their harness, graze the flow’ry ground. Dryden.

  2. To Harnessverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He was harnest light, and to the field goes he. William Shakespeare.

    Full fifty years, harness’d in rugged steel,
    I have endur’d the biting Winter’s blast. Nicholas Rowe.

    Before the door her iron chariot stood,
    All ready harnessed for journey new. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Harness the horses, and get up the horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets. Jer. xlvi. 4.

    When I plow my ground, my horse is harnessed and chained to my plough. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    To the harnessed yoke
    They lend their shoulder, and begin their toil. James Thomson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harnessnoun

    originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor

  2. Harnessnoun

    the equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling

  3. Harnessnoun

    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

  4. Harnessverb

    to dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array

  5. Harnessverb

    fig.: To equip or furnish for defense

  6. Harnessverb

    to make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively

  7. Etymology: [OE. harneisen; cf. F. harnacher, OF. harneschier.]


  1. Harness

    Harness is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics universe. Her first appearance was in New Mutants Annual #7.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harness

    här′nes, n. the equipments of a horse: formerly, the armour of a man or horse: equipment for any kind of labour.—v.t. to equip with armour: to put the harness on a horse.—n. Har′ness-cask, a tub, a cask with rimmed cover on a ship's deck holding the salt meat for daily use.—Die in harness, to die at one's work. [O. Fr. harneis, armour; dubiously referred to Celt., as in Bret. harnez, old iron, also armour.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. harness

    An old statute term for the tackling or furniture of a ship.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. harness

    The iron covering or dress which a soldier formerly wore, and which was fastened to the body by straps and buckles; coat of mail; also, the whole accoutrements, offensive and defensive; armor of a knight or soldier; the armor of a horse. Also the equipments of a draught-horse.

  2. harness

    To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman. To equip or furnish for defense.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of harness in a Sentence

  1. Louis Finkel:

    Free trade in energy will allow America to harness the full economic opportunities created by our energy revolution.

  2. The Silicon Valley companies:

    Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.

  3. Mickey Mehta:

    Stretch your body in yoga and your mind stretches its imagination to its infinite potential too. Deep breathe, expand your lungs and expand your awareness to the edges of this universe too, harness your life forces & get them internalized, be the master of this universe with yoga and get MickeyMized.

  4. Erica Conrad:

    We noticed my friend’s harness was completely off and we overheard him yelling, you know, my harness is off and it had been off from the beginning of the ride.

  5. Chris Martin:

    How can we harness the resources that our tour creates and make it have a positive impact ?

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  • збру́я, ву́пражBelarusian
  • arnèsCatalan, Valencian
  • postrojCzech
  • Anschnallgurt, Geschirr, vorspannen, Gurt, nutzbar machen, PferdegeschirrGerman
  • jungiEsperanto
  • arnésSpanish
  • کنترل کردنPersian
  • valjaat, valjastaa, johtosarjaFinnish
  • harnacher, harnaisFrench
  • gabháilIrish
  • greigh, cullee chabbil, greienysManx
  • befog, hámHungarian
  • harneso, harnesizarIdo
  • imbragare, frenare, imbragatura, braca, imbracatura, imbracare, imbrago, trattenere, imbrigliareItalian
  • 馬具Japanese
  • ujarzmiać, uprząż, pęk, zaprzęgać, zaprząc, wiązka, ujarzmićPolish
  • aproveitar, arrear, arreiosPortuguese
  • harnașament, hamRomanian
  • ремень, сбру́я, запрягать, хому́т, у́пряжь, упря́жкаRussian
  • pšnjak, пшњакSerbo-Croatian
  • postrojSlovak
  • zaprečiSlovene
  • seldon, utnyttja, tämja, sela, binda, sela på, exploatera, bygga ut, ta i anspråk, spänna för, sele, utbyggaSwedish
  • சேணம்Tamil
  • koşumTurkish
  • приборкувати, збру́я, у́пряж, запрягатиUkrainian
  • 馬具Chinese

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    To cause to become
    • A. famish
    • B. render
    • C. rumpus
    • D. transpire

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