saddle

noun, often attributive
sad·​dle | \ ˈsa-dᵊl \

Definition of saddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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
3a : a ridge connecting two higher elevations
b : a pass in a mountain range
4a : 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
in the saddle
: in control

saddle

verb
saddled; saddling\ ˈsad-​liŋ , ˈsa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of saddle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put a saddle on
2a : 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

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Noun

saddle 1a(1): 1 western, 2 English

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from saddle

Noun

saddleless \ ˈsa-​dᵊl-​(l)əs \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for saddle

Synonyms: Noun

canyon (also cañon), col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, freight, lade, laden, load, lumber, weight

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

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Examples of saddle in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Saint Laurent Jodphur Boots These boots are a saddle-leather tan and liven up any outfit. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Case for Buying Less Clothing," 4 Jan. 2019 To lower the action, simply turn each saddle screw clockwise with an Allen wrench. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Cyclists will argue for six hours about the proper height of a saddle. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Floyd Landis Comes Back to Cycling—as the Boss," 4 Oct. 2018 Smooth, full-grain leather, a flexible Ariaprene collar, a cushiony Vibram SPE midsole and a grippy outsole create a trendy yet timeless choice for everyday wear, in fall-friendly colors like saddle tan and olive. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "5 fall boots for rain and shine," 8 Oct. 2018 Cyclists Pretty much every part of a bicycle, from saddles and spokes to tubes and frames, features on this latest tariffs list, even after the industry went into overdrive to get relief. Daniela Wei, The Seattle Times, "Winners and losers from Trump’s tariffs," 18 Sep. 2018 The scenic hike treks up Peralta Canyon and leads to Fremont saddle, giving postcard views of Weavers Needle. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 14 things to do in Pinal County," 18 Feb. 2015 Walk the ridge to Mount Gordon Lyon, head down the saddle and up to Rendezvous Peak, then finish by making your way back to the parking lot. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 In her hand was the It bag of the season: Dior's saddle bag. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Wore a Dior Outfit to Shop at Dior in Paris, Naturally," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Twenty-two years ago, Ford saddled up for the sport’s equivalent of the Super Bowl, the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Cowboys of Color Rodeo can be a path to turn potential into pro opportunity," 12 Jan. 2018 The country is in shambles — saddled with a rapidly atrophying economy and a penniless government. Luke.winkie, Vox, "Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy," 12 Dec. 2018 As for Manny, saddled here with a haunted childhood (those flashbacks are unneeded), a wife with cancer and an 11th-hour bit of life-changing news, the aspiring actor may mean well but never proves a vibrant or compelling enough anchor. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "A bad-boy actor makes for a less than compelling drama in 'Racing Colt'," 21 June 2018 The Mets of 2011, saddled with aging veterans and financial issues (for a change) and not planning to contend anytime soon, were taken with the raw Nimmo’s potential and by his timeline. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "A Reworked Swing Has Brandon Nimmo, Mets Smiling in Surprise Breakout Campaign," 20 June 2018 For a variety of economic and political reasons, Boomers are doing better than Millennials saddled with college debt and expensive caffeine habits. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Seniors, don't discount importance of being curious," 3 May 2018 The oversized pail is a reference to Mrs. O’Leary’s milking cow, unfairly saddled with the blame for burning down much of the city in 1871. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "W Chicago-City Center hotel in the Loop rolls out new look, 'neighborhood' restaurant," 16 Mar. 2018 The concern is that Target will be saddled with too much inventory, forcing it to slash prices. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Investors Are Too Pessimistic About Target," 20 Nov. 2018 George Stephanopoulos and James Carville dealing with unforeseen problems and negative press, as their candidate is saddled with accusations of adultery and draft-dodging. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of saddle

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

History and Etymology for saddle

Noun

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

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

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More Definitions for saddle

saddle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a leather-covered seat that is put on the back of a horse
: a seat on a bicycle or motorcycle

saddle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of saddle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a saddle on (a horse)

saddle

noun
sad·​dle | \ ˈsa-dᵊl \

Kids Definition of saddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a padded and leather-covered seat for a rider on horseback
2 : something like a saddle in shape, position, or use

saddle

verb
saddled; saddling

Kids Definition of saddle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a saddle on I saddled my horse.
2 : to put a load on : burden She saddled him with the hardest job.

saddle

noun
sad·​dle | \ ˈsad-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of saddle

: 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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