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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb saddle:


The word saddle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun saddle

What does saddle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: saddles

  1. a seat for the rider of a horse or other animal
  2. a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of saddle: saddleback
    • more generic terms: mountain pass / notch / pass = the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks
  3. cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: cut / cut of meat = a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  4. a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: piece of leather = a separate part consisting of leather
    • part of: shoe = footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
  5. a seat for the rider of a bicycle
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of saddle: bicycle seat
    • more generic word: seat = any support where you can sit
    • part of: bicycle / bike / cycle / wheel = a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
  6. posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • part of: domestic fowl / fowl / poultry = a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl; back / dorsum = the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine

Alternative definition of the noun saddle


  1. A seat (tack) for a rider placed on the back of a horse or other animal
  2. An item of harness (harness saddle) placed on the back of a horse or other animal
  3. A seat on a bicycle, motorcycle etc
  4. A cut of meat that includes both loins and part of the backbone
  5. A ridge, in the shape of a saddle, between two hills
  6. The raised floorboard in a doorway.
  7. (construction) A small tapered/sloped area structure that helps channel surface water to drains.

Specialised definition of the noun saddle

Glossary of sports

the rider's seat on a bicycle or on the back of a horse (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a cut of meat such as lamb, hare or venison, made up of both loins and part of the backbone (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb saddle

What does saddle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: saddled | saddling | saddles

  1. put a saddle on
  2. load or burden; encumber
    • example: he saddled me with that heavy responsibility
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Brown equipped his soldiers
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown equipped Jones with a camera

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): arm, equip, rearm, redress, regale, reward, treat.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: burden / burthen / weight / weight down = weight down with a load
  3. impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

Alternative definition of the verb saddle


  1. To put a saddle on an animal.
  2. To get into a saddle.
  3. (idiomatically) To burden or encumber.


  1. The saddle between two hills or mountains is the area around the highest point of the mountain pass between the two massifs, i.e. around the lowest route on which one could pass between the two summits. It is often traversed by a track, road or railway, but need not be.
  2. Saddle a.k.a. Saddle, Arkansas: Saddle is an unincorporated community in Fulton County, Arkansas, United States. Saddle is located along Arkansas Highway 289, 10.3 miles east of Salem.

There are other places with in their name, like Pack saddle, Saddle Hill, Saddle Rock, Saddle Brook, Saddle Creek, Saddle point, Saddle Ridge, Saddle River, Saddle Mountain, Upper Saddle River, Saddle Hills County and Saddle River Day School.


"Saddle" is an artwork (glazed stoneware) by Vaea, begun in (45 years ago).

  • media: glazed stoneware


  1. The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load, fastened to an animal's back by a girth. The most common type is the equestrian saddle designed for a horse, but specialized saddles have been created for camels and other creatures. It is not known precisely when riders first began to use some sort of padding or protection, but a blanket attached by some form of surcingle or girth was probably the first "saddle," followed later by more elaborate padded designs. The solid tree was a later invention, and though early stirrup designs predated the invention of the solid tree, the paired stirrup, which attached to the tree, was the last element of the saddle to reach the basic form that is still used today. Today, modern saddles come in a wide variety of styles, each designed for a specific equestrianism discipline, and require careful fit to both the rider and the horse. Proper saddle care can extend the useful life of a saddle, often for decades.
  2. Saddle: In structural geology a saddle is a depression located along the axial trend of an anticline. This is not to be confused with a Col which is typically a geomorphologic feature seen in landforms.
  3. Saddle is a geographical feature category.

Phrases with Saddle

Phrases starting with the word Saddle:

  1. Saddle Up
  2. Saddle Pad
  3. Saddle Bass
  4. saddle horn
  5. Saddle Pain
  6. Saddle ring
  7. saddle roof
  8. saddle seat
  9. saddle shoe
  10. saddle soap
  11. saddle sore
  12. Saddle Tree
  13. saddle-sore
  14. Saddle Brown
  15. saddle horse
  16. Saddle point
  17. Saddle Blenny
  18. saddle hackle

Phrases ending with the word Saddle:

  1. Elfin saddle
  2. stock saddle

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Saddle

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Google previewDynamics (1998)

Numerical Explorations by Helena E. Nusse, James A. Yorke

A chaotic saddle is an invariant compact set C that is neither attracting nor repelling and contains a chaotic trajectory...

Google previewThe Dental Surgeon (1921)


The saddle is that part of a bridge which rests upon the mucosa and supports the artificial tooth or teeth.

Google previewMachine Shop Training Course, Vol II:

A machine tool saddle Is a slide which is mounted upon the ways of a bed, cross- rail, arm, or other guiding surfaces,

Google previewThe Calculus of Variations (2006)

by Bruce van Brunt

A Morse n- saddle is a local maximum; a Morse 0-saddle is a local minimum. If λ is not 0 or n, ...

Google previewAdvances in Applied Mechanics (2012)

by Erik Van Der Giessen, Hassan Aref

But the chaotic saddle is a nonattracting set, and although it is an invariant set of the dynamics, it might appear that since...

But nothing could be further from the truth: the chaotic saddle is the skeleton of a transient chaotic system, which ...

Google previewHorrible Science: Ugly Bugs (2014)

by Nick Arnold

The saddle is a belt that moves the length of the worm, picking up the fertilized eggs.The worm wriggles free, leaving the eggs in a cocoon. 6 b). 7 Another trick question!The answer is all three! a) Moles love a juicy earthworm. b) When ...

Google previewKnitting Pattern Essentials (with Bonus Material) (2013)

Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear by Sally Melville

Saddle Shoulder A saddle is a pieceha yoke—that runs continuously up from the sleeves across the shoulders. and ends with the neck. It is a wonderful shape with multiple advantages. including the following: - It gives the garment an ...

Google previewExplorer's Guide The Shenandoah Valley & Mountains of the Virginias: Includes Virginia's Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains & West Virginia's Alleghenies & New River Region (2005)

by Jim Hargan

From here, the saddle is a 2.2-mile walk up an old jeep trail. One of the area's most impressive local landmarks, House Mountain is a sandstone outlier of the Alleghenies, sitting isolated in the Great Valley more than 2,000 feet above the ...

Google previewBlack Hills Passion Play (2008)

by Johanna Meier

Meier's silvertrimmed parade saddle is a treasured memento. Pictured is Meier helping one of the wobbly young camel calves to nurse. The births are occasionally complicated and sometimes require assistance. Young camels are always very ...

Google previewUncle Silas (賽拉斯叔叔) (2011)

by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

馬具 The saddle is a part of a horse's harness. (坐鞍是馬具的一 部 ...

Google previewPractical Horse Law (2008)

A Guide for Owners and Riders by Brenda Gilligan

the saddle is the wrong colour, then there is nothing to stop you returning the item immediately. You can see what is wrong straightaway and there is no good reason for you to keep it for any length of time.

Google previewThe Birds of Siberia (2011)

A Record of a Naturalist's Visits to the Valleys of the Petchora and Yenesei by Henry Seebohm

The saddle is a plain band of tanned reindeer-leather, about eight inches broad, hanging a few inches below the body on each side. About six inches from each end a double thong of reindeer-skin is attached, and forms the bellyband.

Google previewThe American Housewife

Mutton The saddle is the best part to roast—the shoulder and leg are good roasted; but the best mode to cook the latter, is to boil it with a piece of salt pork. A little rice boiled with it, improves the looks of it. Mutton for roasting, should have a ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

SADDLE, n. 8dd l [Dut.

Google previewA dictionary of sports, ... containing explanations of every term applicable to racing, shooting, hunting, fishing, hawking, archery, etc (1835)

by Harry HAREWOOD (pseud.?.)

SADDLE. The English saddle is highly improved within the last twenty or thirty years, not only in respect of symmetry, fitness, and beauty, but of ease, both to the rider and the horse. The saddle is secured by two girths only, and those placed ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

SADDLE, n. 1st. For a man...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2001)

In classical convex optimization, a real- valued function L: X x y* — > R is said to be a saddle function if it is convex in one variable and concave in the other one. A pair (x , y* ) is called a right saddle point of L on a subspace Xa x y* c X x y* if ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sports (1835)

Or, Companion to the Field, the Forest, and the Riverside. Containing Explanations of Every Term Applicable to Racing, Shooting, Hunting, Fishing, Hawking, Archery, Etc. ... With Essays Upon All National Amusements by Harry Harewood

SADDLE. The English saddle is highly improved within the last twenty or thirty years, not only in respect of symmetry, fitness, and beauty, but of ease, both to the rider and the horse. The saddle is secured by two girths only, and those placed ...

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Quotes about Saddle

Judge not the horse by his saddle.
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Scrabble value of S1A1D2D2L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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