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saddle


sad·dle  (sdl)
n.
1.
a. A leather seat for a rider, secured on an animals back by a girth. Also called regionally rig.
b. Similar tack used for attaching a pack to an animal.
c. The padded part of a driving harness fitting over a horses back.
d. The seat of a bicycle, motorcycle, or similar vehicle.
e. Something shaped like a saddle.
2.
a. A cut of meat consisting of part of the backbone and both loins.
b. The lower part of a male fowls back.
3.
a. A saddle-shaped depression in the ridge of a hill.
b. A ridge between two peaks.
v. sad·dled, sad·dling, sad·dles
v.tr.
1. To put a saddle onto.
2. To load or burden; encumber: They were saddled with heavy expenses.
v.intr.
1. To saddle a horse.
2. To get into a saddle.
Idiom:
in the saddle
In control; dominant.

[Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]


saddle  /sdl/  n. 1 the leather seat used for riding animals, usu. horses: She put the saddle on her horse and then went riding. 2 back in the saddle: working again: He was sick for months, but got healthy and is back in the saddle again.
v. -dled, -dling, -dles 1 [T] to put a saddle (on a horse): He saddled the horse quickly and rode away. 2 [I;T] to give s.o. too much work or responsibility: The manager was saddled with so many problems that he could not work well. 3 phrasal v. sep. [T] to saddle s.t. up: to get on a horse, pony, etc.: The calvary officer gave an order to saddle up at dawn. saddle

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