(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: man–made, support

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

Definition categories: man–made, saddlery, tack


1. put a harness

- harness the horse

Similar word(s): tackle

Definition categories: contact, attach

2. exploit the power of

- harness natural forces and resources

Definition categories: consumption, exploit, tap

3. control and direct with or as if by reins

Similar word(s): rein

Definition categories: social, command, control

4. keep in check

Similar word(s): rein, rule

Definition categories: change, keep, restrain

Sentences with harness as a verb:

- They harnessed the horse to the post.

- Imagine what might happen if it were possible to harness solar energy fully.