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Definition of "harness" []

  • The gear or tackle, other than a yoke, with which a draft animal pulls a vehicle or implement. (noun)
  • Something resembling such gear or tackle, as the arrangement of straps used to hold a parachute to the body. (noun)
  • A device that raises and lowers the warp threads on a loom. (noun)
  • Archaic Armor for a man or horse. (noun)
  • To put a harness on (a draft animal). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "harness" in a sentence
  • "Always wearing the harness is my best form of safety."
  • "We did use a leash for Papoosie Girl which we called her harness, which I am sure makes it a lot better."
  • "They went into what they called the harness-room, and James began carefully to clean his gun."