a seat for a rider on the back of a horse or other animal.
a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc.
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. See illus. under harness.
something resembling a saddle in shape, position, or function.
the part of the back of an animal where a saddle is placed.
(of mutton, venison, lamb, etc.) a cut comprising both loins.
this cut, trimmed and prepared for roasting.
(of poultry) the posterior part of the back.
a ridge connecting two higher elevations.
the covering of a roof ridge.
bolster ( def 7 ).
a raised piece of flooring between the jambs of a doorway.
an inverted bracket bearing on the axle of a railroad car wheel as a support for the car body.
Ordnance. the support for the trunnion on some gun carriages.
Machinery. a sliding part for spanning a space or other parts to support something else, as the cross slide and toolholder of a lathe.
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.
Ceramics. a bar of refractory clay, triangular in section, for supporting one side of an object being fired.
(in a suspension bridge) a member at the top of a tower for supporting a cable.
verb (used with object), saddled, saddling.
to put a saddle on: to saddle a horse.
to load or charge, as with a burden: He has saddled himself with a houseful of impecunious relatives.
to impose as a burden or responsibility.
verb (used without object), saddled, saddling.
to put a saddle on a horse (often followed by up ).
to mount into the saddle (often followed by up ).
in the saddle,
in a position to direct or command; in control.
at work; on the job.

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

saddleless, adjective
saddlelike, adjective
resaddle, verb, resaddled, resaddling. Unabridged
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saddle (ˈsædəl)
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
12.  a raised piece of wood or metal for covering a doorsill
13.  in the saddle in a position of control
14.  (sometimes foll by up) to put a saddle on (a horse)
15.  (intr) to mount into the saddle
16.  (tr) to burden; charge: I didn't ask to be saddled with this job
[Old English sadol, sædel; related to Old Norse sothull, Old High German satul]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sadol "seat for a rider," from P.Gmc. *sathulaz (cf. O.N. söðull, O.Fris. sadel, Du. zadel, zaal, Ger. Sattel), from PIE *sed- "to sit" (cf. L. sedere "to sit," O.C.S. sedlo "saddle;" see sedentary). Fig. phrase in the saddle "in an active position of management"
is attested from 1660. The verb is from O.E. sadolian; the meaning "to load with a burden" is first recorded 1693. Saddleback is from 1545. Saddlebag is from 1774.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Idioms & Phrases


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

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Example sentences
The boots usually have high heels that lock into the paddle, of the horse's
Relief is a rolling back scratch in the brush for a hobbled horse freed of its
There's no one on a horse, smacking the saddle and moving the people.
He rides his horse side saddle and leans shore side.
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