saddle
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; akin to Old High German satul saddle Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) a girthed usually padded and leather-covered seat for the rider of an animal (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 (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 II. verb (saddled; saddling) Date: before 12th century 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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saddle — [sad′ l] n. [ME sadel < OE sadol, akin to Ger sattel < Gmc * sathula, via ? OSlav * sedulo < IE base * sed , to SIT] 1. a seat for a rider on a horse, bicycle, etc., usually padded and of leather, and generally straddled in riding 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Saddle — Sad dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Saddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Saddling}.] [AS. sadelian.] 1. To put a saddle upon; to equip (a beast) for riding. saddle my horse. Shak. [1913 Webster] Abraham rose up early, . . . and saddled his ass. Gen. xxii. 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saddle — ► NOUN 1) a seat with a raised ridge at the front and back, fastened on the back of a horse for riding. 2) a seat on a bicycle or motorcycle. 3) a low part of a hill or mountain ridge between two higher points or peaks. 4) the lower part of the… …   English terms dictionary

  • saddle — index disadvantage, encumber (hinder), load, overcome (overwhelm), overload Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • saddle — vb *burden, encumber, cumber, weigh, weight, load, lade, tax, charge …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Saddle — A saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load, fastened to an animal s back by a girth. The most common type is the equestrian saddle designed for a horse, but specialized saddles have been created for camels and other creatures.… …   Wikipedia

  • saddle — n. & v. n. 1 a seat of leather etc., usu. raised at the front and rear, fastened on a horse etc. for riding. 2 a seat for the rider of a bicycle etc. 3 a joint of meat consisting of the two loins. 4 a ridge rising to a summit at each end. 5 the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • saddle — [[t]sæ̱d(ə)l[/t]] saddles, saddling, saddled 1) N COUNT A saddle is a leather seat that you put on the back of an animal so that you can ride the animal. → See also side saddle 2) VERB If you saddle a horse, you put a saddle on it so that you can …   English dictionary

  • saddle — saddleless, adj. saddlelike, adj. /sad l/, n., v., saddled, saddling. n. 1. a seat for a rider on the back of a horse or other animal. 2. a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc. 3. a part of a harness laid across the back of an animal and… …   Universalium

  • saddle — I n. 1) to put a saddle on (a horse) 2) an English; stock, western saddle 3) in the saddle II v. 1) (D; tr.) to saddle for (they saddled a gentle pony for the child) 2) (d; tr.) to saddle with (to saddle smb. with an unpleasant task) * * * [… …   Combinatory dictionary

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