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unharness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unharness remove the harness from "unharness a horse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unharness To disarm; to divest of armor.
    • Unharness To strip of harness; to loose from harness or gear; as, to unharness horses or oxen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unharness To strip of harness; loose from harness or gear; hence, to set free from work; release.
    • unharness To remove armor or military dress from.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unharness un-här′nes to take the harness off: to disarm.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + harness,

Usage

In literature:

Jane Ann said the horse couldn't 'a' been unharnessed at all.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
She left Meeteetse to unharness, and, without striking a light or speaking to Susie, crept between her blankets like a frightened child.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
However they had time to get cool while Ned was unharnessing his horses, and presently Abby Matilda and her beau came along.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
Harnett said no more then, but busied himself in caring for the animals by unharnessing and feeding them.
"Ralph Gurney's Oil Speculation" by James Otis
The horses are unharnessed and led aside.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The crowd unharnessed his horses and began, with shouts, to draw him in his carriage through the streets.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Beside him 'Merican Joe was bending over unharnessing the dogs.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
My coachman drove under the open roof of a venta, and began to unharness his horses.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
He ran to the window and saw the forms of two men, stooping down unharnessing their teams at the Point.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
Hung Li set about unharnessing the mule, and tied it to a post in the court.
"The Little Girl Lost" by Eleanor Raper
Not much trouble to harness and unharness them.
"The Galaxy" by Various
The horses were unharnessed, and the knapsacks unfastened from the guns.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
He would naturally have unharnessed.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
There they unharnessed his horse and saddled him.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
The ready grooms helped him unharness.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
He was silent for the rest of the journey, and was very slow in unharnessing; Ditte kept beside him.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
The mill where the mules had been unharnessed was surrounded that night.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
At last he unharnessed her.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
But scarcely had our picket ropes been extended, and horses unharnessed, when we were again commanded to move.
"Our Battery" by Orlando P. Cutter
The negro drove directly to the barn and unharnessed the mule, and as it was nearly dark, went to his quarters.
"In and Out of Rebel Prisons" by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
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In news:

Professional daredevil Nik Wallenda has begun an unharnessed tightrope walk high above the beach in Atlantic City.
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