Definitions of harness

  1. control and direct with or as if by reins; as of a horse
  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
  3. a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body ( especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
  4. keep in check; " rule one's temper"
  5. exploit the power of; " harness natural forces and resources"
  6. put a harness on; of animals such as horses
  7. put a harness; " harness the horse"
  8. control and direct with or as if by reins; " rein a horse"
  9. Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.
  10. The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling.
  11. 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.
  12. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.
  13. Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense.
  14. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively.
  15. The working gear of a horse; the dress and armor of a knight; any arrangement, as of straps, etc., for performing some mechanical operation.
  16. To put harness upon; equip, as a knight.
  17. Formerly, the armor of a man or horse: the equipments of a horse.
  18. To equip with armor: to put the harness on a horse.
  19. Armor; equipments of a horse.
  20. To put harness on.
  21. To equip with harness or with armor.
  22. The equipment of a horse or other draft animal; tackle.
  23. Equipment for any work; active service.
  24. Defensive armor.
  25. The whole accoutrements or armour of a knight; the furniture of a draught horse.
  26. To equip with armour; to put the harness on; to defend.
  27. Armour; the tackle or fittings of horses when employed in dragging carts, coaches, gigs, & c.
  28. To prepare a horse with the necessary fittings for drawing a vehicle; to put on warlike accountrements.

Usage examples for harness

  1. I was charmed with the novelty of driving our old enemy in harness. – The River and I by John G. Neihardt
  2. I shall go in first and ask whether they've any old boots or harness that we can mend; and then you'll come in, while we're in the middle of a conversation. – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  3. What does Harness want this interview for? – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  4. It so happened that Simon slept in a room over the stable where the pony was kept; and Jane Parsons, in going for this pony to harness him to the light cart, awoke Simon from his light slumber. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  5. But what gets me is how the blast, when it came, blew the harness off the horse. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  6. Then the lord of the castle, seeing a knight armed at all points, with a damsel and a page, riding towards the tower, came forth to meet them; and his horse and harness, with his shield and spear, were all of a red color. – King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Unknown
  7. Now, at home I'm generally satisfied with one portion, but once let me get into the harness, and I seem to have no end of capacity. – At Whispering Pine Lodge by Lawrence J. Leslie
  8. Nobody would refuse a bit of harness in a case like this. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  9. Alfred Barton found himself so curiously excited that he was fain to leave the harness to Giles, and quiet himself with a pipe or two in the meadow. – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  10. It's real hard to harness a horse. – Not Quite Eighteen by Susan Coolidge
  11. What has a rough old soldier, grown grim and gray in the harness, Used to the camp and its ways, to do with the wooing of maidens? – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  12. Father Fahy died in harness in 1871 of yellow fever; he attended a poor Italian woman and on returning home was at once taken ill. – The Glories of Ireland by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
  13. I would never have let you slip my harness through. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  14. Shall I harness the horses, sir? – St. Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth
  15. Caldera's wife saw her husband harness the cart and compel Pascualet to get into it. – The Last Lion and Other Tales by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez Commentator: Mariano Joaquin Lorente
  16. Humphrey then went out to harness the pony, and when all was ready, he and Oswald set off again. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  17. I inquired of the owner if he also owned a wagon or harness. – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston
  18. Guy had made up his mind to the sacrifice of " running in single harness," and had said so, frankly. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  19. I offered you twenty- five dollars if you would break him, and I'll make it thirty if at the end of a month you'll train him to saddle and harness. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. Beyond her in the shade Daddy John mended a piece of harness. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner