harness

[hahr-nis] /ˈhɑr nɪs/
noun
1.
the combination of straps, bands, and other parts forming the working gear of a draft animal.
Compare yoke1 (def 1).
2.
(on a loom) the frame containing heddles through which the warp is drawn and which, in combination with another such frame or other frames, forms the shed and determines the woven pattern.
3.
the equipment, as straps, bolts, or gears, by which a large bell is mounted and rung.
4.
Electricity, wiring harness.
5.
armor for persons or horses.
verb (used with object)
6.
to put a harness on (a horse, donkey, dog, etc.); attach by a harness, as to a vehicle.
7.
to bring under conditions for effective use; gain control over for a particular end:
"to harness water power; to harness the energy of the sun."
8.
Archaic. to array in armor or equipments of war.
Idioms
9.
in double harness. double harness (def 2).
10.
in harness,
  1. engaged in one's usual routine of work:
    After his illness he longed to get back in harness.
  2. together as cooperating partners or equals:
    Joe and I worked in harness on our last job.
Origin
1250–1300; Middle English harneis, herneis < Old French herneis baggage, equipment < Old Norse *hernest provisions for an armed force, equivalent to herr army (cf. harbor, herald) + nest provisions for a journey
Related forms
harnesser, noun
harnessless, adjective
harnesslike, adjective
reharness, verb (used with object)
well-harnessed, adjective
Synonyms
7. control, manage, utilize, exploit.
British Dictionary definitions for in harness
harness (ˈhɑːnɪs)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]
 
'harnesser
 
n
 
'harnessless
 
adj
 
'harness-like
 
adj

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Word Origin and History for in harness
harness
c.1300, from O.Fr. harneis, perhaps from O.N. *hernest "provisions for an army," from herr "army" + nest "provisions." Ger. Harnisch "harness, armor" is the O.Fr. word, borrowed into M.H.G. The verb meaning "to put a harness on a draught animal" is from c.1300; figurative sense is from 1698.
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Slang definitions & phrases for in harness

harness

noun

The dress and equipment of special categories of persons, such as telephone line repairers, police officers, train conductors, motorcyclists, etc : Wise detectives, who dread going back into ''harness'' or uniform (1841+)

general

in harness


in harness

adjective phrase

Working; actively employed rather than resting, retired, on holiday, etc : He didn't know how to relax after all those years in harness (1875+)


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in harness in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with in harness

in harness

On duty or at work. For example, Despite his illness he's determined to continue in harness. It also is put as be back in harness, meaning "to return to duty or work," as in After a long vacation she's finally back in harness. This expression alludes to horses harnessed to perform work. [First half of 1800s] Also see die with one's boots on (in harness).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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