What does saddle mean?

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ˈsæd lsad·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saddlenoun

    a seat for the rider of a horse or camel

  2. saddleback, saddlenoun

    a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)

  3. saddlenoun

    cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins

  4. saddlenoun

    a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe

  5. bicycle seat, saddlenoun

    a seat for the rider of a bicycle

  6. saddleverb

    posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl

  7. saddleverb

    put a saddle on

    "saddle the horses"

  8. saddleverb

    load or burden; encumber

    "he saddled me with that heavy responsibility"

  9. charge, saddle, burdenverb

    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

    "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saddlenoun

    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

  2. Saddlenoun

    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

  3. Saddlenoun

    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

  4. Saddlenoun

    a block of wood, usually fastened to some spar, and shaped to receive the end of another spar

  5. Saddlenoun

    a part, as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support

  6. Saddlenoun

    the clitellus of an earthworm

  7. Saddlenoun

    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

  8. Saddleverb

    to put a saddle upon; to equip (a beast) for riding

  9. Saddleverb

    hence: To fix as a charge or burden upon; to load; to encumber; as, to saddle a town with the expense of bridges and highways

  10. Etymology: [OE. sadel, AS. sadol; akin to D. zadel, G. sattel, OHG. satal, satul, Icel. sull, Dan. & Sw. sadel; cf. Russ. siedlo; all perh. ultimately from the root of E. sit.]


  1. Saddle

    The 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. It is not known precisely when riders first began to use some sort of padding or protection, but a blanket attached by some form of surcingle or girth was probably the first "saddle," followed later by more elaborate padded designs. The solid tree was a later invention, and though early stirrup designs predated the invention of the solid tree, the paired stirrup, which attached to the tree, was the last element of the saddle to reach the basic form that is still used today. Today, modern saddles come in a wide variety of styles, each designed for a specific equestrianism discipline, and require careful fit to both the rider and the horse. Proper saddle care can extend the useful life of a saddle, often for decades.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saddle

    sad′l, n. a seat or pad, generally of leather, for a horse's back: anything like a saddle, as a saddle of mutton, veal, or venison—a butcher's cut, including a part of the backbone with the ribs on one side: a part of the harness used for drawing a vehicle: the seat on a bicycle: (naut.) a block of wood fastened to some spar, and shaped to receive the end of another spar.—v.t. to put a saddle on, to load: to encumber.—n. Sadd′le-back, a hill or its summit when shaped like a saddle: a raccoon oyster: the great black-backed gull: the harp-seal: a variety of domestic geese: the larva of the bombycid moth: (archit.) a coping thicker in the middle than at the edges.—adj. Sadd′le-backed, having a low back and an elevated head and neck.—ns. Sadd′le-bag, one of two bags united by straps for carrying on horseback; Sadd′le-bar, a bar for sustaining glass in a stained-glass window; Sadd′le-blank′et, a small blanket folded under a saddle; Sadd′le-bow, the arched front of a saddle from which the weapon often hung; Sadd′le-cloth, the housing or cloth placed under a saddle.—n.pl. Sadd′le-feath′ers, the long slender feathers which droop from the saddle or rump of the domestic cock.—ns. Sadd′le-girth, a band passing round the body of a horse to hold the saddle in its place; Sadd′le-horse, a horse suitable for riding; Sadd′le-joint, a joint made in plates of sheet-iron so that the margins interlock: (anat.) a joint admitting movement in every direction except axial rotation; Sadd′le-lap, the skirt of a saddle; Sadd′le-plate, the bent plate which forms the arch of the furnace in locomotive steam-boilers; Sadd′le-quern, an ancient quern for grinding grain; Sadd′ler, a maker of saddles: the harp-seal; Sadd′le-rock, a variety of the oyster; Sadd′le-roof, a roof having two gables; Sadd′ler-cor′poral, a non-commissioned officer in the household cavalry, with the charge of the saddles; Sadd′ler-ser′geant, a sergeant in the cavalry who has charge of the saddlers: (U.S.) a non-commissioned staff-officer of a cavalry regiment; Sadd′lery, occupation of a saddler: materials for saddles: articles sold by a saddler.—adjs. Sadd′le-shaped, shaped like a saddle: (bot.) bent down at the sides: (geol.) bent down at each side of a ridge; Sadd′le-sick, galled with much riding.—ns. Sadd′le-tree, the frame of a saddle.—Put the saddle on the right horse, to impute blame where it is deserved. [A.S. sadol, sadel; cf. Dut. zadel, Ger. sattel.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. saddle

    The seat which is put upon a horse for the accommodation of the rider. In the earlier ages the Romans used neither saddles nor stirrups. Saddles were in use in the 3d century, and are mentioned as made of leather in 304; they were known in England about 600. Boots and saddles, is a sound on the trumpet which is the first signal for mounted drill, and for all other formations mounted; it is also the signal for the trumpeters to assemble.


  1. Saddle

    the chitinous plate on the anal siphon of Culicid larvae.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of saddle in a Sentence

  1. Rita Mae Brown:

    If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle.

  2. Marion Roaman:

    There are two great workouts you can do. When you slide back and climb with some resistance you’re building your glute muscles, which just lifts your butt up a little bit. And then when you’re standing out of the saddle you’re really lifting the work up, so you’re lifting your toosh up and at the same time, engaging your abdominals.

  3. Martin Ryan:

    We had a few comments from people saying it was ugly, but we do recognize that to make the saddle more mainstream we have to make the appearance a bit more conventional.

  4. Brittany Davis:

    The comment that we hear most often is' Wow, that's a horse ! ,'' Can I ride him ?' or' Does he have a saddle ?' the answer to all those questions is' no.'.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    Now that the meeting will proceed as planned, we want to make sure that the president's desire for a deal with North Korea doesn't saddle the United States, Japan and (South) Korea with a bad deal.

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    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • A. rapture
    • B. assortment
    • C. ransom
    • D. abdomen

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