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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.

Synonyms:

ravine, tax, groom, notch, fence, send, foist, pedal, girth, gulch, tear, couloir, hull, bridle, accuse, pass, gill, pillion, mudguard, mule-chair, commit, kickstand, commove, burden, turn on, gallop, break in, col, shoot, file, hack, camel, US cavalry, flume, gable roof, saddle roof, defile, over, carrier, give, stick, lade, saddleback roof, dismount, bill, bicycle seat, charge, linn, charge up, English cavalry, sidesaddle, harness, willing, institutionalize, equestrian, level, freight, rouse, hurdle, point, excite, weight down, cowboy, bareback, handlebars, lodge, gap, kloof, halter, Cossack, dynamo, load, montura, saddleback, inflict, impose, cacolet, blame, agitate, appoint, encumber, consign, bear down, burthen, packsaddle, stock, shoot down, weight, Western, bit, buck, crop, chain, blinders, horsewhip, cumber, crossbar, institutionalise, canter, gulf, gorge.

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