Pronunciation: (sad'l), [key]
n., v., -dled, -dling.

1. a seat for a rider on the back of a horse or other animal.
2. a similar seat on a bicycle, tractor, etc.
3. a part of a harness laid across the back of an animal and girded under the belly, to which the terrets and checkhook are attached. See illus. under harness.
4. something resembling a saddle in shape, position, or function.
5. the part of the back of an animal where a saddle is placed.
a. (of mutton, venison, lamb, etc.) a cut comprising both loins.
b. this cut, trimmed and prepared for roasting.
7. (of poultry) the posterior part of the back.
8. a ridge connecting two higher elevations.
9. the covering of a roof ridge.
10. bolster (def. 7).
11. a raised piece of flooring between the jambs of a doorway.
12. an inverted bracket bearing on the axle of a railroad car wheel as a support for the car body.
13. Ordn.the support for the trunnion on some gun carriages.
14. Mach.a sliding part for spanning a space or other parts to support something else, as the cross slide and toolholder of a lathe.
15. a strip of leather, often of a contrasting color, sewn on the vamp or instep of a shoe and extending to each side of the shank.
16. See saddle shoe.
17. Ceram.a bar of refractory clay, triangular in section, for supporting one side of an object being fired.
18. (in a suspension bridge) a member at the top of a tower for supporting a cable.
19. in the saddle,
a. in a position to direct or command; in control.
b. at work; on the job.

1. to put a saddle on: to saddle a horse.
2. to load or charge, as with a burden: He has saddled himself with a houseful of impecunious relatives.
3. to impose as a burden or responsibility.

1. to put a saddle on a horse (often fol. by up).
2. to mount into the saddle (often fol. by up).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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