• IPA: /ˈsædəl/, [ˈsædl̩]

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 […]
  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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  • German: Sattel
  • Russian: седлови́на

saddle (saddles, present participle saddling; 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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  • German: aufsatteln

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