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1. The gear or tackle, other than a yoke, with which a draft animal pulls a vehicle or implement.
2. Something resembling such gear or tackle, as the arrangement of straps used to hold a parachute to the body.
3. A device that raises and lowers the warp threads on a loom.
4. Archaic Armor for a man or horse.
tr.v. har·nessed, har·ness·ing, har·ness·esIdiom:
a. To put a harness on (a draft animal).
b. To fasten by the use of a harness.
2. To bring under control and direct the force of: If you can harness your energy, you will accomplish a great deal.
On duty or at work.
[Middle English harnes, from Old French harneis, of Germanic origin; see nes- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Adj.||1.||harnessed - brought under control and put to use; "electricity from the harnessed Colorado River"; "the harnessed power of the atom"|
controlled - restrained or managed or kept within certain bounds; "controlled emotions"; "the controlled release of water from reservoirs"