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H`ARNESS, n.

1. Armor; the whole accouterments or equipments of a knight or horseman; originally perhaps defensive armor, but in a more modern and enlarged sense, the furniture of a military man,or offensive, as a casque, cuirass,helmet, girdle, sword,buckler, &c.

2. The furniture of a draught horse, whether for a wagon, coach, gig, chaise, &c., called in some of the American states, tackle or tackling, with which, in its primary sense, it is synonymous.

H`ARNESS, v.t. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman.

Harnessed in rugged steel.

1. To put on the furniture of a horse for draught.

Harness the horses. Jer.46.

2. To defend; to equip or furnish for defense. 1 Macc.4.



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H`ARNESS, n.

1. Armor; the whole accouterments or equipments of a knight or horseman; originally perhaps defensive armor, but in a more modern and enlarged sense, the furniture of a military man,or offensive, as a casque, cuirass,helmet, girdle, sword,buckler, &c.

2. The furniture of a draught horse, whether for a wagon, coach, gig, chaise, &c., called in some of the American states, tackle or tackling, with which, in its primary sense, it is synonymous.

H`ARNESS, v.t. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman.

Harnessed in rugged steel.

1. To put on the furniture of a horse for draught.

Harness the horses. Jer.46.

2. To defend; to equip or furnish for defense. 1 Macc.4.

HAR'NESS, n. [W. harnaes, from harn, that is, closely fitted; Fr. harnois; Arm. harnes; It. arnese; Sp. arnes; Port. arnez; D. harnas; G. harnisch; Sw. harnesk; Dan. harnisk. The primary sense is, to fit, prepare or put on; and in different languages, it signifies not only harness, but furniture and utensils.]

  1. Armor; the whole accouterments or equipments of a knight or horseman; originally perhaps defensive armor, but in a more modern and enlarged sense, the furniture of a military man, defensive or offensive, as a casque, cuirass, helmet, girdle, sword, buckler, &c.
  2. The furniture of a draught horse, whether for a wagon, coach, gig, chaise, &c.; called in some of the American states, tackle or tackling, with which, in its primary sense, it is synonymous. Dryden.

HAR'NESS, v.t.

  1. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman. Harnessed to rugged steel. Rowe.
  2. To put on the furniture of a horse for draught. Harness the horses. Jer. xlvi.
  3. To defend; to equip or furnish for defense. 1 Macc. iv.

Har"ness
  1. Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.

    At least we'll die with harness on our back. Shak.

  2. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.

    Harnessed in rugged steel. Rowe.

    A gay dagger,
    Harnessed well and sharp as point of spear.
    Chaucer.

  3. The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling.
  4. Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense.

    Dr. H. More.
  5. The part of a loom comprising the heddles, with their means of support and motion, by which the threads of the warp are alternately raised and depressed for the passage of the shuttle.

    To die in harness, to die with armor on; hence, colloquially, to die while actively engaged in work or duty.

  6. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively.

    Harnessed to some regular profession. J. C. Shairp.

    Harnessed antelope. (Zoöl.) See Guib. -- Harnessed moth (Zoöl.), an American bombycid moth (Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings, stripes and bands of buff on a black ground.

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Harness

H'ARNESS, noun

1. Armor; the whole accouterments or equipments of a knight or horseman; originally perhaps defensive armor, but in a more modern and enlarged sense, the furniture of a military man, or offensive, as a casque, cuirass, helmet, girdle, sword, buckler, etc.

2. The furniture of a draught horse, whether for a wagon, coach, gig, chaise, etc., called in some of the American states, tackle or tackling, with which, in its primary sense, it is synonymous.

H'ARNESS, verb transitive To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman.

Harnessed in rugged steel.

1. To put on the furniture of a horse for draught.

Harness the horses. Jeremiah 46:4.

2. To defend; to equip or furnish for defense. 1 Macc.4.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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LIT'TER, n. [L. lectus, from the root of lego, Eng. lay.]

1. A vehicle formed with shafts supporting a bed between them, in which a person may be borne by men or by a horse. If by the latter, it is called a horse-litter. A similar vehicle in India is called a palanquin.

2. Straw, hay or other soft substance, used as a bed for horses and for other purposes.

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LIT'TER, v.t.

1. To bring forth young, as swine and other small quadrupeds. It is sometimes applied to human beings in contempt.

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3. To cover with straw or hay; as, to litter a stable.

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