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[uhn-sad-l] /ʌnˈsæd l/
verb (used with object), unsaddled, unsaddling.
to take the saddle from.
to cause to fall or dismount from a saddle; unhorse.
verb (used without object), unsaddled, unsaddling.
to take the saddle from a horse.
Origin of unsaddle
1350-1400; Middle English unsadelen; see un-2, saddle; compare Dutch ontsadelen, Old High German intsatalôn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • John slid off and waved a hand at the drooping beast, then began to unsaddle him.

  • unsaddle the horses and prepare the noon-day meal under the trees.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • About noon he saw his uncle and Hugh ride up to the barn and unsaddle, and before long he was asking about the swallows.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman George Bird Grinnell
  • I am going out to look after my horse and will unsaddle your horses for you also.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • He began to unsaddle, and the Marquis, restored to equanimity, followed his example.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • It was nigh noon, and we had stopped at the cabin to unsaddle and bait.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • They then dismount, unsaddle their horses, and turn them loose.

    The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  • Come walk in with me, we'll go to Cards, unsaddle the Horses.

    Wit Without Money Francis Beaumont
  • Overtook our party here and assisted to unsaddle and unpack.

  • I helped them to unsaddle, and told the cook to get some coffee ready, as they told me they had breakfast as they came along.

    Blanco y Colorado William C. Tetley
British Dictionary definitions for unsaddle


to remove the saddle from (a horse, mule, etc)
(transitive) to unhorse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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