A harness is a set of straps that are put on a horse so it can be hitched to a wagon or a carriage. The harness distributes the effort across larger sections of the horse's body.

Other animals and people can also wear harnesses. Your dog might have a harness for walking, with the leash attaching to the harness and not the collar, keeping the dog from choking itself when it pulls. People wear harnesses for safety, when climbing trees or bungee jumping, for example. As a verb, harness means to control or direct as if with a harness for a specific purpose, the way solar power harnesses the power of the sun.

Definitions of harness
  1. noun
    stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
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    type of:
    saddlery, stable gear, tack
    gear for a horse
  2. noun
    a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
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    type of:
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  3. verb
    put a harness
    harness the horse”
    synonyms: tackle
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    remove the harness from
    attach a yoke or harness to
    type of:
    cause to be attached
  4. verb
    control and direct with or as if by reins
    synonyms: draw rein, rein, rein in
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    type of:
    command, control
    exercise authoritative control or power over
  5. verb
    keep in check
    synonyms: rein, rule
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    type of:
    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
  6. verb
    exploit the power of
    harness natural forces and resources”
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    type of:
    exploit, tap
    draw from; make good use of
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