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.
Har·ness, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harnessed p. pr. & vb. n. Harnessing.]
1. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.
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. --Dr. H. More.
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.
n 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
v 1: put a harness; "harness the horse" [syn: tackle] [ant: unharness]
2: exploit the power of; "harness natural forces and resources"
3: control and direct with or as if by reins; "rein a horse"
[syn: rein in, draw rein, rein]
4: keep in check; "rule one's temper" [syn: rule, rein]
(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.
(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