|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|
|8.||to put harness on (a horse)|
|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]|
(1.) Heb. 'asar, "to bind;" hence the act of fastening animals to a cart (1 Sam. 6:7, 10; Jer. 46:4, etc.). (2.) An Old English word for "armour;" Heb. neshek (2 Chr. 9:24). (3.) Heb. shiryan, a coat of mail (1 Kings 22:34; 2 Chr. 18:33; rendered "breastplate" in Isa. 59:17). (4.) The children of Israel passed out of Egypt "harnessed" (Ex. 13:18), i.e., in an orderly manner, and as if to meet a foe. The word so rendered is probably a derivative from Hebrew _hamesh_ (i.e., "five"), and may denote that they went up in five divisions, viz., the van, centre, two wings, and rear-guard.
see die with one's boots on (in harness) in harness.