- 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
Examples from the Web for saddle
Certainly Weaver has been the burr under Palmer's saddle for almost his entire career.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
We will not rest till we find out what she ordered and how that famous butt is holding up after four days in the saddle.Pippa Eating At McDonalds in Missouri RIGHT NOW!
June 18, 2014
With the big kettledrums on either side of the saddle, and all that.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
But today, skyrocketing costs price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt.Full Text and Video of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address
February 13, 2013
In February 1909, at age 79, he toppled drunk from his saddle at Fort Sill, Okla.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo
December 5, 2012
Stephen caught the bridle, and Ambrose helped the burgess into the saddle.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He leaned over the saddle and spurred the pinto into his racing gait.
Andy turned in the saddle and grinned back at the followers.
Then, still softly and swiftly, he lifted the saddle from its peg and put it on its back.
"Give me three minutes to get my saddle on my horse and out of town," said Andrew.
- 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 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.