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

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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The actress carried a black crossbody with a saddle bag-style closure that looked quite spacious. Clint Davis, Peoplemag, 26 June 2024 Hwang Dong-hyuk, who was the first Asian to win an Emmy for outstanding directing in a drama series is back in saddle, resuming his role as director, writer and producer. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 26 June 2024
Verb
However, that acquisition saddled the Scottish bank with debt, leading to a £45.5 billion government bailout. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 5 July 2024 Donald Trump saddled America with the highest debt in any four-year term of any president in U.S. history. Letters To The Editor, Orlando Sentinel, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for saddle 

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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 15 Jul. 2024.

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

saddle

2 of 2 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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