Definitions for: Saddle

[n] posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl
[n] a seat for the rider of a bicycle
[n] a seat for the rider of a horse
[n] a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
[n] cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
[n] a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
[v] impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
[v] load or burden; encumber; "he saddled me with that heavy responsibility"
[v] put a saddle on; "saddle the horses"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sad"dle, n.
1. (Phys. Geog.) A ridge connected two higher elevations; a
low point in the crest line of a ridge; a col.

2. (Mining) A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring
along the crest of an anticlinal fold, esp. in Australia.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Abraham rose up early, . . . and saddled his ass.
--Gen. xxii.

2. 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.

Synonyms: bicycle seat, burden, charge, saddleback

Antonyms: offsaddle, unsaddle

See Also: adjure, attach, back, bear down, bicycle, bike, body part, burden, burthen, cantle, command, compel, cut, cut of meat, deluge, domestic fowl, dorsum, English cavalry saddle, English saddle, flood out, fowl, mountain pass, notch, overburden, overwhelm, packsaddle, pass, piece of leather, pommel, poultry, require, saddlebow, seat, shoe, sidesaddle, stirrup, stirrup iron, stock saddle, weight, weight down, Western saddle, wheel

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