Harness

Definition of Harness

Har´ness   Pronunciation: ~nĕst
n.1.Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.
At least we'll die with harness on our back.
- Shak.
2.The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling.
3.The part of a loom comprising the heddles, with their means of support and motion, by which the threads of the warp are alternately raised and depressed for the passage of the shuttle.
To die in harness
to die with armor on; hence, colloquially, to die while actively engaged in work or duty.
v. t.1.To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.
[imp. & p. p. Harnessed (-nĕst); p. pr. & vb. n. Harnessing.]
Harnessed in rugged steel.
- Rowe.
A gay dagger,
Harnessed well and sharp as point of spear.
- Chaucer.
2.Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense.
3.To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively.
Harnessed to some regular profession.
- J. C. Shairp.
Harnessed antelope
(Zool.) See Guib.
Harnessed moth
(Zool.) an American bombycid moth (Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings, stripes and bands of buff on a black ground.

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