Saddle Sad"dle, n. [OE. sadel, AS. sadol; akin to D. zadel, G. sattel, OHG. satal, satul, Icel. s["o][eth]ull, Dan. & Sw. sadel; cf. Russ. siedlo; all perh. ultimately from the root of E. sit.] 1. A seat for a rider, -- usually made of leather, padded to span comfortably a horse's back, furnished with stirrups for the rider's feet to rest in, and fastened in place with a girth; also, a seat for the rider on a bicycle or tricycle. [1913 Webster]

2. A padded part of a harness which is worn on a horse's back, being fastened in place with a girth. It serves various purposes, as to keep the breeching in place, carry guides for the reins, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. A piece of meat containing a part of the backbone of an animal with the ribs on each side; as, a saddle of mutton, of venison, etc. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) A block of wood, usually fastened to some spar, and shaped to receive the end of another spar. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mach.) A part, as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) The clitellus of an earthworm. [1913 Webster]

7. (Arch.) The threshold of a door, when a separate piece from the floor or landing; -- so called because it spans and covers the joint between two floors. [1913 Webster]

8. (Phys. Geog.) A ridge connected two higher elevations; a low point in the crest line of a ridge; a col. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. (Mining) A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring along the crest of an anticlinal fold, esp. in Australia. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Saddle bar} (Arch.), one the small iron bars to which the lead panels of a glazed window are secured. --Oxf. Gloss.

{Saddle gall} (Far.), a sore or gall upon a horse's back, made by the saddle.

{Saddle girth}, a band passing round the body of a horse to hold the saddle in its place.

{saddle horse}, a horse suitable or trained for riding with a saddle.

{Saddle joint}, in sheet-metal roofing, a joint formed by bending up the edge of a sheet and folding it downward over the turned-up edge of the next sheet.

{Saddle roof}, (Arch.), a roof having two gables and one ridge; -- said of such a roof when used in places where a different form is more common; as, a tower surmounted by a saddle roof. Called also {saddleback roof}.

{Saddle shell} (Zo["o]l.), any thin plicated bivalve shell of the genera {Placuna} and {Anomia}; -- so called from its shape. Called also {saddle oyster}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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