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harness

 [har´nes]
a support device used to immobilize a body part or hold it in position.
Pavlik harness a device used correct hip dislocations in infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip, consisting of a set of straps that hold the hips in flexion and abduction.

harness

/har·ness/ (hahr´nis) the combination of straps, bands, and other pieces that forms the working gear of a draft animal, or a device resembling such gear.
Pavlik harness  a device used to correct hip dislocations in infants with developmental dysplasia of the hip, consisting of a set of straps that hold the hips in flexion and abduction.

harness

(har′nĕs)
In postamputation rehabilitation, the part of an upper extremity prosthesis that fits around the shoulder and back to permit mechanical control of the terminal device and hold the socket firmly around the stump.

harness

a series of leather or webbing straps fitted together like the skeleton of a garment. Used to attach the draft animal to a waggon or a buggy, even to a saddle or a marking crayon or chin ball harness.

harness galls
cutaneous plaques of fibrous tissue where harness rubs.
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And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave; and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it, and Chanticleer drove them.
Awakened two or three nights afterward at midnight, in a narrow canon, by the snow falling on our faces, and appalled at the imminent danger of being "snowed in," we harnessed up and pushed on till eight in the morning, passed the "Divide" and knew we were saved.
He began seriously to take himself for a personage in a fairy tale; he cast his eyes about him from time to time to time, as though to see if the chariot of fire, harnessed to two-winged chimeras, which alone could have so rapidly transported him from Tartarus to Paradise, were still there.
As for the giant, he cut the fastenings by which the horses were bound, harnessed them himself, and mounted on the box of the carriage, which was unoccupied.
By Our Lady, it is the noblest nag, and the best harnessed, that e'er I saw in all my life before.
After inspecting the carriage himself and seeing the trunks put in, he ordered the horses to be harnessed.
The cook's husband went into the house, which stood on an iron foundation and was iron-roofed, and soon returned saying that the little one was to be harnessed.
Thus, before the first hint of the coming of gray day, camp was broken, sled loaded, dogs harnessed, and the two men crouched waiting over the fire.