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saddle

noun, often attributive sad·dle \ ˈsa-dᵊl \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of saddle

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

play \ˈsa-dᵊl-(l)əs\ adjective
in the saddle
: in control

Examples of saddle in a Sentence

  1. the next day's hike was a stiff climb out of the saddle where they had camped for the night

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Illustration of saddle

Origin and Etymology of saddle

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

saddle Synonyms

Synonyms
col, couloir, defile, flume, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, canyon
Related Words
abyss, chasm, cirque, cleft, crevasse, crevice, cwm [chiefly British], fissure; combe (also coombe or coomb) [British], dale, dell, glen, hollow, shut-in, vale, valley; basin, floodplain, kettle; arroyo, barranca (also barranco), coulee, draw, gully (also gulley), gutter, nullah, trench, trough, wadi, wash [West]

Other Equestrian Terms


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saddle

verb

Definition of saddle

saddled; saddling play \ˈsad-liŋ, 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

Examples of saddle in a Sentence

  1. He saddled his horse and mounted it.

  2. to the social worker it seemed as though her supervisor had once again saddled her with a truly hopeless case

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First Known Use of saddle

before 12th century



SADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

saddle

noun

Definition of saddle for English Language Learners

  • : a leather-covered seat that is put on the back of a horse

  • : a seat on a bicycle or motorcycle


saddle

verb

Definition of saddle for English Language Learners

  • : to put a saddle on (a horse)


SADDLE Defined for Kids

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saddle

noun sad·dle \ ˈsa-dᵊl \

Definition of saddle for Students

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

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saddle

verb

Definition of saddle for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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