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saddle

[sad-l] /ˈsæd l/
noun
1.
a seat for a rider on the back of a horse or other animal.
2.
a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc.
3.
a part of a harness laid across the back of an animal and girded under the belly, to which the terrets and checkhook are attached.
4.
something resembling a saddle in shape, position, or function.
5.
the part of the back of an animal where a saddle is placed.
6.
  1. (of mutton, venison, lamb, etc.) a cut comprising both loins.
  2. this cut, trimmed and prepared for roasting.
7.
(of poultry) the posterior part of the back.
8.
a ridge connecting two higher elevations.
9.
the covering of a roof ridge.
10.
bolster (def 7).
11.
a raised piece of flooring between the jambs of a doorway.
12.
an inverted bracket bearing on the axle of a railroad car wheel as a support for the car body.
13.
Ordnance. the support for the trunnion on some gun carriages.
14.
Machinery. a sliding part for spanning a space or other parts to support something else, as the cross slide and toolholder of a lathe.
15.
a strip of leather, often of a contrasting color, sewn on the vamp or instep of a shoe and extending to each side of the shank.
17.
Ceramics. a bar of refractory clay, triangular in section, for supporting one side of an object being fired.
18.
(in a suspension bridge) a member at the top of a tower for supporting a cable.
verb (used with object), saddled, saddling.
19.
to put a saddle on:
to saddle a horse.
20.
to load or charge, as with a burden:
He has saddled himself with a houseful of impecunious relatives.
21.
to impose as a burden or responsibility.
verb (used without object), saddled, saddling.
22.
to put a saddle on a horse (often followed by up).
23.
to mount into the saddle (often followed by up).
Idioms
24.
in the saddle,
  1. in a position to direct or command; in control.
  2. at work; on the job.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English sadel, Old English sadol; cognate with German Sattel, Old Norse sǫthull; (v.) Middle English sad(e)len, Old English sadolian, derivative of the noun; akin to sit1
Related forms
saddleless, adjective
saddlelike, adjective
resaddle, verb, resaddled, resaddling.
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Examples from the web for saddle
  • The boots usually have high heels that lock into the paddle, of the horse's saddle.
  • They're making their saddle horse start earning his keep.
  • Relief is a rolling back scratch in the brush for a hobbled horse freed of its saddle.
  • Tie on your walking shoes, strap on your helmet or saddle up your horse.
  • There's no one on a horse, smacking the saddle and moving the people.
  • He rides his horse side saddle and leans shore side.
  • The wounded horse as soon as he sees the saddle, trembles.
  • The horse trampled upon it, and stumbled, half dragging her from the saddle-bow.
  • Some saddle up horses for a morning ride over the rolling green hills.
  • Spicy and meaty, with good juicy flavors and notes of saddle leather.
British Dictionary definitions for saddle

saddle

/ˈsædəl/
noun
1.
a seat for a rider, usually made of leather, placed on a horse's back and secured with a girth under the belly
2.
a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc, made of leather or steel
3.
a back pad forming part of the harness of a packhorse
4.
anything that resembles a saddle in shape, position, or function
5.
a cut of meat, esp mutton, consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
6.
the part of a horse or similar animal on which a saddle is placed
7.
the part of the back of a domestic chicken that is nearest to the tail
8.
(civil engineering) a block on top of one of the towers of a suspension bridge that acts as a bearing surface over which the cables or chains pass
9.
(engineering) the carriage that slides on the bed of a lathe and supports the slide rest, tool post, or turret
10.
the nontechnical name for clitellum
11.
another name for col (sense 1)
12.
a raised piece of wood or metal for covering a doorsill
13.
in the saddle, in a position of control
verb
14.
(sometimes foll by up) to put a saddle on (a horse)
15.
(intransitive) to mount into the saddle
16.
(transitive) to burden; charge: I didn't ask to be saddled with this job
Derived Forms
saddleless, adjective
saddle-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sadol, sædel; related to Old Norse sothull, Old High German satul
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Word Origin and History for saddle
n.

Old English sadol "seat for a rider," from Proto-Germanic *sathulaz (cf. Old Norse söðull, Old Frisian sadel, Dutch zadel, zaal, German Sattel "saddle"), from PIE *sed- (1) "to sit" (cf. Latin sedere "to sit," Old Church Slavonic sedlo "saddle;" see sedentary). Figurative phrase in the saddle "in an active position of management" is attested from 1650s. Saddle stitch (n.) was originally in bookbinding (1887).

v.

Old English sadolian "to put a riding saddle on;" see saddle (n.). The meaning "to load with a burden" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Saddled; saddling.

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saddle in Medicine

saddle sad·dle (sād'l)
n.
A structure shaped like a saddle.

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Idioms and Phrases with saddle

saddle

In addition to the idiom beginning with saddle also see: in the driver's seat (saddle)
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