• Saddle


    • Rhymes: -ædəl

    Origin 1

    From Old English sadol, from Proto-Germanic *sadulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sod-tlō-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- ("to sit").



    (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
    5. A ridge, 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. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
    7. (construction) A small tapered/sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.
    8. (nautical) A block of wood, usually fastened to one spar and shaped to receive the end of another.
    9. (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.
    10. The clitellus of an earthworm.

    Origin 2

    Old English sadolian

    Full definition of saddle


    1. To put a saddle on an animal.
    2. To get into a saddle.
    3. (idiomatic) To burden or encumber.
    4. (idiomatic) To give a responsibility to someone.
      • He has been saddled with the task of collecting evidence to the theft.


    © Wiktionary