saddle

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English[edit]

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An "English" style saddle used for riding horses.
The Homer Saddle (sense 5) in Fiordland, New Zealand. The road to Milford Sound goes through the Homer Tunnel beneath it.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsædəl/, [ˈsædl̩]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ædəl

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol, from Proto-Germanic *sadulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sod-dʰlo-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (to sit) + *-dʰlom (instrumental suffix). Cognate with Scots sadil, Saterland Frisian Soadel, West Frisian seal, Dutch zadel, Low German Sadel, German Sattel, Danish sadel, Swedish sadel, Icelandic söðull, Russian седло́ (sedló).

Noun[edit]

saddle (plural saddles)

  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal.
  2. An item of harness (harness saddle) placed on the back of a horse or other animal.
  3. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle, etc.
  4. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone.
    • 1870, The Cook and Housewife's Manual (5th edition)
      A modern refinement is to put laver in the dripping-pan, which, in basting, imparts a high gout: or a large saddle may be served over a pound and a half of laver, stewed in brown sauce with catsup []
    • 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy ni the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 272:
      Certainly, in the gravy soups, turbot, hare, roast saddles, cabinet puddings, boiled eggs at tea-time and bread and butter and meat paste with the morning tray, one tasted one's own decadence[.]
  5. A low point, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 483:
      With Lizzie leading, they scrambled quickly over several false peaks towards the saddle.
  6. (mining) A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring along the crest of an anticlinal fold, especially in Australia.
  7. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
  8. (construction) A small tapered or sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.
  9. (nautical) A block of wood, usually fastened to one spar and shaped to receive the end of another.
  10. (engineering) A part, such as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.
  11. The clitellum of an earthworm.
  12. Any of the saddle-like markings on a boa constrictor.
  13. A saddle shoe.
    • 1972, Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (page 56)
      'Brown-and-white saddles for Fudge and loafers for Peter.'
      'OK, Peter... let's see how those feet have grown.'
      I slipped out of my old shoes and stood up.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English sadelen, from Old English sadolian, from Proto-Germanic *sadulōną.

Verb[edit]

saddle (third-person singular simple present saddles, present participle saddling, simple past and past participle saddled)

  1. (transitive) To put a saddle on (an animal).
  2. To get into a saddle.
  3. (transitive) To burden or encumber.
    He has been saddled with the task of collecting evidence of the theft.
    They went shopping and left me saddled with two children to look after.
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  • Japanese: サドル (sadoru)

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