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A block of wood, usually fastened to one spar and shaped to receive the end of another.


  • From Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol, from Proto-Germanic *sadulaz, from Proto-Indo-European *sod-dʰlo-, from Proto-Indo-European *sed- + *-dʰlom. Cognate with Scots sadil, Saterland Frisian Soadel, West Frisian seal, Dutch zadel, Low German Sadel, German Sattel, Danish sadel, Swedish sadel, Icelandic söðull, Russian седло́.
  • From Middle English sadelen, from Old English sadolian, from Proto-Germanic *sadulōną.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'saddle':

saddleA seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal
saddleAn item of harness (harness saddle) placed on the back of a horse or other animal
saddleA seat on a bicycle, motorcycle etc
saddleA cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone
saddleA ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills.
saddleThe raised floorboard in a doorway.
saddleA small tapered/sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.
saddleA part, such as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.
saddleThe clitellus of an earthworm.
saddleTo put a saddle on an animal.
saddleTo get into a saddle.
saddleTo burden or encumber.
saddleTo give a responsibility to someone.
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