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

n 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

Type of:
saddlery, stable gear, tack
gear for a horse

n a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)

Type of:
any device that bears the weight of another thing

v put a harness

harness the horse”
remove the harness from
attach a yoke or harness to
Type of:
cause to be attached

v control and direct with or as if by reins

draw rein, rein, rein in
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over

v keep in check

rein, rule
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)

v exploit the power of

harness natural forces and resources”
Type of:
exploit, tap
draw from; make good use of

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