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  Dictionary Definition of harness

harness
noun
1. the combination of straps, bands, and other parts forming the working gear of a horse or other draught animal (except the ox).
2. a similar combination worn by persons for safety, protection, restraint, etc.
3. Archaic. armour for men or horses (or other animals), or a suit of armour.
-- verb (t)
4. to put harness on (a horse, etc.); attach by a harness, as to a vehicle.
5. to bring under conditions for working: to harness water-power.
6. Archaic. to array in armour or equipments of war.
-- phrase
7. in harness, a. side by side; together. b. working; at one's job.
[ME, from OF harnies, ? from OHG; cf. Icel. hernest, from herr army (c. OE here ) + nest provisions]
-- harnesser, noun -- harnessless, adjective -- harnesslike, adjective