- a seat for a rider on the back of a horse or other animal.
- a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc.
- a part of a harness laid across the back of an animal and girded under the belly, to which the terrets and checkhook are attached.
- something resembling a saddle in shape, position, or function.
- the part of the back of an animal where a saddle is placed.
- (of mutton, venison, lamb, etc.) a cut comprising both loins.
- this cut, trimmed and prepared for roasting.
- (of poultry) the posterior part of the back.
- a ridge connecting two higher elevations.
- the covering of a roof ridge.
- bolster(def 7).
- a raised piece of flooring between the jambs of a doorway.
- an inverted bracket bearing on the axle of a railroad car wheel as a support for the car body.
- Ordnance. the support for the trunnion on some gun carriages.
- Machinery. a sliding part for spanning a space or other parts to support something else, as the cross slide and toolholder of a lathe.
- a strip of leather, often of a contrasting color, sewn on the vamp or instep of a shoe and extending to each side of the shank.
- saddle shoe.
- Ceramics. a bar of refractory clay, triangular in section, for supporting one side of an object being fired.
- (in a suspension bridge) a member at the top of a tower for supporting a cable.
- to put a saddle on: to saddle a horse.
- to load or charge, as with a burden: He has saddled himself with a houseful of impecunious relatives.
- to impose as a burden or responsibility.
- to put a saddle on a horse (often followed by up).
- to mount into the saddle (often followed by up).
- in the saddle,
- in a position to direct or command; in control.
- at work; on the job.
Origin of saddle
- a seat for a rider, usually made of leather, placed on a horse's back and secured with a girth under the belly
- a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc, made of leather or steel
- a back pad forming part of the harness of a packhorse
- anything that resembles a saddle in shape, position, or function
- a cut of meat, esp mutton, consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
- the part of a horse or similar animal on which a saddle is placed
- the part of the back of a domestic chicken that is nearest to the tail
- civil engineering a block on top of one of the towers of a suspension bridge that acts as a bearing surface over which the cables or chains pass
- engineering the carriage that slides on the bed of a lathe and supports the slide rest, tool post, or turret
- the nontechnical name for clitellum
- another name for col (def. 1)
- a raised piece of wood or metal for covering a doorsill
- in the saddle in a position of control
- (sometimes foll by up) to put a saddle on (a horse)
- (intr) to mount into the saddle
- (tr) to burden; chargeI didn't ask to be saddled with this job
Word Origin and History for in the saddle
Old English sadol "seat for a rider," from Proto-Germanic *sathulaz (cf. Old Norse söðull, Old Frisian sadel, Dutch zadel, zaal, German Sattel "saddle"), from PIE *sed- (1) "to sit" (cf. Latin sedere "to sit," Old Church Slavonic sedlo "saddle;" see sedentary). Figurative phrase in the saddle "in an active position of management" is attested from 1650s. Saddle stitch (n.) was originally in bookbinding (1887).
Old English sadolian "to put a riding saddle on;" see saddle (n.). The meaning "to load with a burden" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Saddled; saddling.
- A structure shaped like a saddle.
Idioms and Phrases with in the saddle
in the saddle
see in the driver's seat.