saddle

noun, often attributive
sad·​dle | \ ˈsa-dᵊl How to pronounce saddle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce saddling (audio) , 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 How to pronounce saddleless (audio) \ 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

Marquez has broken record after record in his relatively short career and redefined what is possible in the saddle of a multi-million-dollar MotoGP bike. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "The power behind Marc Marquez's MotoGP throne," 11 June 2019 This was followed by saddle of new season Windsor lamb, with herb stuffing, spring vegetables and port sauce. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Hosts a Lavish State Banquet for President Trump at Buckingham Palace," 3 June 2019 Om, with Joel Rosario in the saddle, was second, and Belvoir Bay, with Flavien Prat, finished fourth. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Belmont Stakes: McKinzie rallies for second in Metropolitan Mile," 8 June 2019 Rusty Wright in a saddle bronc riding event in May 2015. Andrew Graybill, WSJ, "‘The Last Cowboys’ Review: Giving Good Rein," 25 May 2018 This was like trying to put a saddle on a hurricane. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Trump's 'Fox & Friends' call-in was bizarre, and here's why that matters," 26 Apr. 2018 Carson mini saddle bag, VERA BRADLEY, $198, verabradley.com. Redbook, "Meet the 2017 Winners of Redbook's Real Women Style Awards!," 3 Aug. 2017 The Duchess styled her latest affordable look with her saddle flat sandals from Sarah Flint, oversized Karen Walker sunglasses and a lazy-girl low ponytail. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Twinned With Kate Middleton in Her Polka Dot & Other Stories Dress," 22 Oct. 2018 Admire the hand carved ponies, leather saddles, and real tails and manes while enjoying an ice cream cone from St. Clair Annex. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Charming Rhode Island Village You Should Visit This Summer," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Noy Thrupkaew And Jim Webster, Houston Chronicle, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 28 June 2019 At the theme parks, a lot of the rides will load the hordes into boats that float through movie scenes or saddle you with an earworm. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too.," 21 June 2019 There were other ways, ways that wouldn’t saddle her with thousands of dollars in debt. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg graduate returning to teach in the district that raised her," 6 June 2019 The legislation was opposed by the Maryland Retailers Association, which warned that outlawing foam packaging could hurt small businesses by saddling them with higher costs. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "This state is poised to become the first to ban foam food packaging," 5 Apr. 2019 Seekers of immortality are saddled with the body, the physical brain, the fact of entropy. Josh Wilbur, WIRED, "You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack," 4 June 2019 His little sibs Charlotte and Louis are, by order of their birth, the unavoidable spares, saddled with the insecurity that entails. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019 The absence of those families, and the resulting shrinking tax base, has affected Bay County, home to the base, and the surrounding cities saddled with recovery costs. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Hurricane-Torn Air Force Base’s Recovery Stalls as Congress Lingers on Disaster Aid," 4 May 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce saddle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce saddle (audio) \

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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