• (British) IPA: /ˈhɑː(ɹ).nəs/


  1. (countable) A restraint or support, especially one consisting of a loop or network of rope or straps.
  2. (countable) A collection of wires or cables bundled and routed according to their function.
  3. (dated, uncountable) The complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; armour in general.
    • 1606 William Shakespeare, Macbeth, act V, scene V
      Ring the alarum-bell! Blow, wind! come, wrack!
      At least we'll die with harness on our back.
  4. 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.
  5. Equipment for any kind of labour.
Translations Verb

harness (harnesses, present participle harnessing; past and past participle harnessed)

  1. (transitive) To place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain.
    They harnessed the horse to the post.
  2. (transitive) To capture, control or put to use.
    Imagine what might happen if it were possible to harness solar energy fully.
  3. (transitive) To equip with armour.
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