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

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 Hung over the rear prop shaft like a pair of saddle bags is a lithium battery pack with an effective capacity of 6.5 kWh (nominal 9.2 kWh) providing an official 13 miles of EV range; in our household’s daily driving that number seemed closer to 9. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Needs to Up Its Standards for Hybrid Electric Vehicles," 20 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has saddled a record eight winners, including last year's champion Churchill. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Why the Derby, Oaks, Guineas and St. Leger are known as the Classics," 4 May 2018 Proof of that particular pudding resides with the Toyota Camry, which, despite being saddled with boring design for most of its life, has been the best-selling passenger car in America for the last 16 years. Al Haas, Philly.com, "2018 Toyota Camry adds style and zip | Al Haas," 3 Apr. 2018 Phillips finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and four assists before being saddled with foul trouble in the second half. Hank Brady, NOLA.com, "Cox 64, Rayne 59: Maya Phillips' drops 27 as Cougars advance to second round," 16 Feb. 2018 Learn how to prepare a horse, saddling, braiding the tail, wrapping the bandages around the legs. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 2018 After all, when class president Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is saddled with the task of helping morph art student Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) into prom queen as part of a...wait for it... Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 2019 No fielder got close enough to the ball to be tagged with an error, so the pitcher, who did his job and got a pop-up, gets saddled with a hit. Lee Judge, kansascity, "Big-league scorekeeping: Does baseball need team errors? | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 Both 3s were assisted by Hoggard pic.twitter.com/gQDeXKSbqo House led all scorers with 20 points, all of which came in the second half after he was saddled with foul trouble in the first half. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Luke House, AJ Hoggard lead Carroll against Wissahickon," 9 Mar. 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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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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