verb (used with object)
- engaged in one's usual routine of work: After his illness he longed to get back in harness.
- together as cooperating partners or equals: Joe and I worked in harness on our last job.
Origin of harness
Synonyms for harness
Related Words for harnessingutilize, tame, exploit, curb, tackle, mobilize, fetter, secure, accouter, strap, apply, rig, check, muzzle, hold, fit, leash, tie, channel, equip
Examples from the Web for harnessing
Contemporary Examples of harnessing
Winter Resort operators are harnessing an unlikely source to power their operations: the sun.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
The system could operate on a closed loop, recycling its water and harnessing the power of the sun.Why Architects Dream Big—and Crazy
August 23, 2014
In effect, then, the resort is harnessing the power of the sun to turn seawater into a nourishing resource—for people and plants.Sun+Water= High Tech Caribbean Luxury At The Cusinart Resort
The Daily Beast
June 11, 2014
With evangelical zeal, he invites the applauding audience to join him in harnessing “the power of paper and glue.”‘Inside Out: The People’s Art Project’ Review: Narcissists Writ Large
May 20, 2013
It is an engagement technique aimed at harnessing passive discontent into PR stunts that raise awareness.Oh to be a Butterfly...
June 22, 2012
Historical Examples of harnessing
He chuckled all through the harnessing of Daniel, the venerable white horse.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But I was not aware that you had engaged in roping or harnessing the animal.Glyn Severn's Schooldays
George Manville Fenn
The harnessing of an Italian diligence is a mystery to all but an Italian postilion.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
Beechnut did not answer to this proposal, but went on harnessing the horse.Stuyvesant
Carriers' men were harnessing the freshly groomed bays to the pole.Complete Short Works
Word Origin for harness
"to put a harness on a draught animal," c.1300, from Old French harneschier, from harnois (see harness (n.)); figurative sense is from 1690s. Related: Harnessed; harnessing.
c.1300, "personal fighting equipment, body armor," also "armor or trappings of a war-horse," from Old French harnois "arms, equipment; harness; male genitalia; tackle; household equipment," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse *hernest "provisions for an army," from herr "army" (see harry) + nest "provisions" (see nostalgia). Non-military sense of "fittings for a beast of burden" is from early 14c. German Harnisch "harness, armor" is the French word, borrowed into Middle High German. The Celtic words also are believed to be from French, as are Spanish arnes, Portuguese arnez, Italian arnese. Prive harness (late 14c.) was a Middle English term for "sex organs."
see die with one's boots on (in harness) in harness.