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Definition of saddle:

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


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