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

(Har"ness), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harnessed (-nest); p. pr. & vb. n. Harnessing.] [OE. harneisen; cf. F. harnacher, OF. harneschier.]

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

Harnessed in rugged steel.

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

2. Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense. Dr. H. More.

3. 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.

Harness cask
(Har"ness cask`) (Naut.) A tub lashed to a vessel's deck and containing salted provisions for daily use; — called also harness tub. W. C. Russell.

(Har"ness*er) n. One who harnesses.

(Harns) n. pl. [Akin to Icel. hjarni, Dan. hierne.] The brains. [Scot.]

(Harp) n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D. harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.]

1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers.

2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.

(Har"most) n. [Gr. "armosth`s, fr. "armo`zein to join, arrange, command: cf. F. harmoste. See Harmony.] (Gr. Antiq.) A city governor or prefect appointed by the Spartans in the cities subjugated by them.

(Har"mo*tome) n. [Gr. "armo`s a joint + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. harmotome.] (Min.) A hydrous silicate of alumina and baryta, occurring usually in white cruciform crystals; cross- stone.

A related mineral, called lime harmotome, and Phillipsite, contains lime in place of baryta. Dana.

(Har"ness) n. [OE. harneis, harnes, OF. harneis, F. harnais, harnois; of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. harnez old iron, armor, W. haiarn iron, Armor. houarn, Ir. iarann, Gael. iarunn. Cf. Iron.]

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.

2. The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling.

3. 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.

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