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English noun: harness

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

Broader (hypernym)support

Part meronymchute, parachute

2. harness (artifact) 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

Broader (hypernym)saddlery, stable gear, tack

Part holonymbridle, cinch, girth, hackamore, halter, headgear, martingale, trace

English verb: harness

1. harness (contact) put a harness

SamplesHarness the horse.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)inspan

Domain categoryanimal husbandry


2. harness (consumption) exploit the power of

SamplesHarness natural forces and resources.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)exploit, tap

3. harness (social) control and direct with or as if by reins

SamplesRein a horse.

Synonymsdraw rein, rein, rein in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)command, control

4. harness (change) keep in check

SamplesRule one's temper.

Synonymsrein, rule

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

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