harness

[ hahr-nis ]
/ ˈhɑr nɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. harmsworth,
  2. harmsworth, alfred charles william,
  3. harmsworth, harold sidney,
  4. harnack,
  5. harnack, adolf von,
  6. harness eye,
  7. harness hitch,
  8. harness horse,
  9. harness race,
  10. harness racing

Idioms

    in double harness. double harness(def 2).
    in harness,
    1. engaged in one's usual routine of work: After his illness he longed to get back in harness.
    2. together as cooperating partners or equals: Joe and I worked in harness on our last job.

Origin of harness

1250–1300; Middle English harneis, herneis < Old French herneis baggage, equipment < Old Norse *hernest provisions for an armed force, equivalent to herr army (cf. harbor, herald) + nest provisions for a journey

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British Dictionary definitions for harness

harness

/ (ˈhɑːnɪs) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsharnesser, nounharnessless, adjectiveharness-like, adjective

Word Origin for harness

C13: from Old French harneis baggage, probably from Old Norse hernest (unattested) provisions, from herr army + nest provisions

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Word Origin and History for harness
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Idioms and Phrases with harness

harness

see die with one's boots on (in harness) in harness.

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