Sad"dle (?), n. [OE. sadel, AS. sadol; akin to D. zadel, G. sattel, OHG. satal, satul, Icel. söðull, Dan. & Sw. sadel; cf. Russ. siedlo; all perh. ultimately from the root of E. sit.]


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.


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.


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. (Zoöl.)

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. --
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 (Zoöl.), any thin plicated bivalve shell of the genera Placuna and Anomia; -- so called from its shape. Called also saddle oyster.


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Sad"dle (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Saddling (?).] [AS. sadelian.]


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. 3.


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.


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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.


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