saddle

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noun

sad·​dle ˈsa-dᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio)
often attributive
1
a(1)
: a girthed usually padded and leather-covered seat for the rider of an animal (such as a horse)
(2)
: a part of a driving harness comparable to a saddle that is used to keep the breeching in place
b
: a seat to be straddled by the rider of a vehicle (such as a bicycle)
2
: a device mounted as a support and often shaped to fit the object held
3
a
: a ridge connecting two higher elevations
b
: a pass in a mountain range
4
a
: both sides of the unsplit back of a carcass including both loins
b
: a colored marking on the back of an animal
c
: the rear part of a male fowl's back extending to the tail see duck illustration
5
: the central part of the spine of the binding of a book
6
: a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
saddleless adjective

Illustration of saddle

Illustration of saddle
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saddle

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verb

saddled; saddling ˈsad-liŋ How to pronounce saddle (audio)
ˈsa-dᵊl-iŋ

transitive verb

1
: to put a saddle on
2
a
: to place under a burden or encumbrance
b
: to place (an onerous responsibility) on a person or group

intransitive verb

: to mount a saddled horse
Phrases
in the saddle
: in control

Example Sentences

Noun the next day's hike was a stiff climb out of the saddle where they had camped for the night Verb He saddled his horse and mounted it. to the social worker it seemed as though her supervisor had once again saddled her with a truly hopeless case
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
These movements, along with the fact that a good part of each class is spent out of the saddle, give the SoulCycle experience more of a dance-meets-cardio vibe. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 The bottom of each saddle features a clamp which bolts to the roof rack, and the top is a rubber pad with a hinge for angle adjustment. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 Another great way to see the park is from the saddle. Katie Jackson, Outside Online, 6 Sep. 2022 When Drew Valenti shares the road with cars from the saddle of his bike in Los Angeles, the thought of getting killed always crosses his mind. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 At first Schreier used her sweatshirt as a tourniquet and then a strap from the saddle. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Oct. 2020 Scramble along a rocky ridge to the peak, then trek another quarter mile to a saddle that affords stunning views to the south before returning. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, 10 Oct. 2022 Pepe grew up in the saddle, riding a mule down dirt paths to the one-room schoolhouse, roping cattle, and working farmland. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 2 Oct. 2022 But one day, your old pal Wade's gonna ask you to get back in the saddle again. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2022
Verb
Collin McDaniel hit a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats (7-1) to third place in the tournament and saddle the Crimson Panthers with their second straight loss after five wins to start the season. al, 25 Nov. 2022 Musk is expected to saddle Twitter with about $13 billion in debt as part of the deal, which must close by Friday to avoid the resumption of acrimonious litigation between the two sides. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 24 Oct. 2022 There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be able to do a downward dog or saddle up on the spin bike without having to worry about full-bottom panties bunching up or rubbing in weird ways. ​jessica Migala, SELF, 21 Oct. 2022 The deal will saddle Twitter with a high debt burden. Quentin Webb, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2022 Grant was amazed at the assurance with which the girls could brush, saddle, and bridle a horse. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 Throwaway Living Urbanization and income growth are also helping drive up plastic production, as companies saddle consumers with mountains of single-use plastic. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Bush didn’t have a Twitter account to saddle the public with his every thought, or an itchy, desperate need to be in every headline or top every cable news package. Marisa Kabas, The New Republic, 20 May 2022 The contracts of pitching holdovers Strasburg and Patrick Corbin will saddle them for a couple more years, but shouldn’t prevent grander spending when necessary. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; akin to Old High German satul saddle

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of saddle was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Saddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saddle. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

saddle 1 of 2

noun

sad·​dle ˈsad-ᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio)
1
a
: a padded and leather-covered seat for a horseback rider
b
: a padded part of a harness
c
: a bicycle or motorcycle seat
2
: something like a saddle in shape, position, or use
especially : a support for an object
in the saddle
: in control or command

saddle

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verb

saddled; saddling ˈsad-liŋ How to pronounce saddle (audio)
-ᵊl-iŋ
1
: to put a saddle on
2

Medical Definition

saddle

noun

sad·​dle ˈsad-ᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio)
: the part of a partial denture that carries an artificial tooth and has connectors for adjacent teeth attached to its ends

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