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Definition of Saddle


  1. A ridge connected two higher elevations; a low point in the crest line of a ridge; a col.
  2. A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring along the crest of an anticlinal fold, esp. in Australia.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A block of wood, usually fastened to some spar, and shaped to receive the end of another spar.
  7. A part, as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.
  8. The clitellus of an earthworm.
  9. 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.
  10. To put a saddle upon; to equip (a beast) for riding.
  11. 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.

Saddle Quotations

Saddle your dreams before you ride em.
Mary Webb

The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
Jackie Kennedy

In these days when science is clearly in the saddle and when our knowledge of disease is advancing at a breathless pace, we are apt to forget that not all can ride and that he also serves who waits and who applies what the horseman discovers.
Harvey Cushing

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

I destroyed a lot of guitars trying to get them to do what I wanted, but I learned something from every guitar I tore apart, and discovered even more things. Things like if the string is not straight from the bridge saddle to the nut, you're going to have friction.
Eddie Van Halen
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Saddle Translations

saddle in Afrikaans is saal
saddle in Danish is sadel
saddle in Dutch is zadel
saddle in French is selle, ensellement
saddle in German is satteln, Sattel
saddle in Italian is sella
saddle in Norwegian is sal
saddle in Portuguese is sela
saddle in Spanish is silla de montar
saddle in Swedish is sadla, sadel
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