Definitions of harness

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