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harness (ˈhɑːnɪs)
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)
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]

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