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1    an arrangement of leather straps buckled or looped together, fitted to a draught animal in order that the animal can be attached to and pull a cart  
2    something resembling this, esp. for attaching something to the body  
a parachute harness     
3      (Mountaineering)   an arrangement of webbing straps that enables a climber to attach himself to the rope so that the impact of a fall is minimized  
4    the total system of electrical leads for a vehicle or aircraft  
5      (Weaving)   the part of a loom that raises and lowers the warp threads, creating the shed  
6    Archaic   armour collectively  
7    in harness   at one's routine work  
      vb   tr  
8    to put harness on (a horse)  
9    usually foll by: to   to attach (a draught animal) by means of harness to (a cart, etc.)  
10    to control so as to employ the energy or potential power of  
to harness the atom     
11    to equip or clothe with armour  
     (C13: from Old French harneis baggage, probably from Old Norse hernest (unattested) provisions, from herr army + nest provisions)  
  harnesser      n  
  harnessless      adj  
  harness-like      adj  

harness hitch  
      n   a knot forming a loop with no free ends  
harness race  
      n     (Horse racing)   a trotting or pacing race for standardbred horses driven in sulkies and harnessed in a special way to cause them to use the correct gait  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    equipment, gear, tack, tackle, trappings  
2    in harness      active, at work, busy, in action, working  
3    couple, hitch up, put in harness, saddle, yoke  
4    apply, channel, control, employ, exploit, make productive, mobilize, render useful, turn to account, utilize  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
a wooden crossbar of a carriage or wagon to which the traces of the harness are fastened.
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