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HARNESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does harness mean? 

HARNESS (noun)
  The noun HARNESS has 2 senses:

1. a support consisting of an arrangement of straps for holding something to the body (especially one supporting a person suspended from a parachute)
2. 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

  Familiarity information: HARNESS used as a noun is rare.


HARNESS (verb)
  The verb HARNESS has 4 senses:

1. put a harness
2. exploit the power of
3. control and direct with or as if by reins
4. keep in check

  Familiarity information: HARNESS used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HARNESS (noun)


Sense 1harness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("harness" is a kind of...):

support (any device that bears the weight of another thing)

Holonyms ("harness" is a part of...):

chute; parachute (rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall)


Sense 2harness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("harness" is a kind of...):

saddlery; stable gear; tack (gear for a horse)

Meronyms (parts of "harness"):

bridle (headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control)

trace (either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree)

martingale (a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head)

headgear (stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head)

hackamore; halter (rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading)

cinch; girth (stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place)


HARNESS (verb)


Sense 1harness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put a harness

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

harness; tackle

Context example:

harness the horse

Hypernyms (to "harness" is one way to...):

attach (cause to be attached)

Domain category:

animal husbandry (breeding and caring for farm animals)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "harness"):

inspan (attach a yoke or harness to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Antonym:

unharness (remove the harness from)


Sense 2harness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exploit the power of

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

harness natural forces and resources

Hypernyms (to "harness" is one way to...):

exploit; tap (draw from; make good use of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3harness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Control and direct with or as if by reins

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

draw rein; rein; rein in; harness

Context example:

rein a horse

Hypernyms (to "harness" is one way to...):

command; control (exercise authoritative control or power over)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4harness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep in check

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

harness; rein; rule

Context example:

rule one's temper

Hypernyms (to "harness" is one way to...):

bound; confine; limit; restrain; restrict; throttle; trammel (place limits on (extent or access))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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