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saddle

Definitions

  • The Saddle Hitch
    The Saddle Hitch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v saddle impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
    • v saddle load or burden; encumber "he saddled me with that heavy responsibility"
    • v saddle put a saddle on "saddle the horses"
    • n saddle posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl
    • n saddle a seat for the rider of a bicycle
    • n saddle a seat for the rider of a horse or camel
    • n saddle a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe
    • n saddle cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins
    • n saddle a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She took the saddle to the horse She took the saddle to the horse
"YOU AIN'T NO MORE 'OLD ON THAT SADDLE THAN A STAMP WITH THE GUM LICKED OFF!" "YOU AIN'T NO MORE 'OLD ON THAT SADDLE THAN A STAMP WITH THE GUM LICKED OFF!"
Mexican saddle, Army saddle, English saddle Mexican saddle, Army saddle, English saddle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Saddle (Naut) A block of wood, usually fastened to some spar, and shaped to receive the end of another spar.
    • Saddle (Mining) A formation of gold-bearing quartz occurring along the crest of an anticlinal fold, esp. in Australia.
    • Saddle 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.
    • Saddle (Mach) A part, as a flange, which is hollowed out to fit upon a convex surface and serve as a means of attachment or support.
    • Saddle 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.
    • Saddle (Phys. Geog) A ridge connected two higher elevations; a low point in the crest line of a ridge; a col.
    • Saddle 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.
    • Saddle 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.
    • Saddle (Zoöl) The clitellus of an earthworm.
    • Saddle (Arch) 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.
    • Saddle To put a saddle upon; to equip (a beast) for riding. "saddle my horse.""Abraham rose up early, . . . and saddled his ass."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saddle A contrivance secured on the back of a horse or other animal, to serve as a seat for a rider or for supporting goods packed for transportation. The seat of wood or leather provided for a rider, especially on horseback: as, war-saddle, hunting-saddle, racing-saddle, side-saddle, McClellan saddle, Mexican saddle. The riders' saddle has differed greatly in construction and in use among different nations and at different times, especially as to the length of the stirrups and the posture of the rider.
    • n saddle A part of the harness used for drawing a vehicle. It is a narrow padded cushion laid across the back, and girded under the belly, and is usually held in place by a strap which passes under and around the tail: the shafts or thills are supported by it, the reins pass through rings attached to it, and the check-rein or bearing-rein is hooked to it.
    • n saddle A pack-saddle. See cuts under harness and pad-tree.
    • n saddle A seat prepared for a rider otherwise than on the back of an animal, but resembling an ordinary riding-saddle in design and use, as the seat on a bicycle.
    • n saddle Something resembling a saddle, or part of a saddle, in shape or use. In geology, a folded mass of rock in which the strata dip on each side away from a central axis-plane; an anticlinal.
    • n saddle Nautical, a contrivance of wood notched or hollowed out and used to support a spar, as a wooden saddle-crutch is sometimes used to support the weight of the spanker-boom.
    • n saddle In machinery, a block with a hollowed top to sustain a round object, as a rod, upon a bench or bed.
    • n saddle A block, usually of cast-iron, at the top of a pier of a suspension-bridge, over which pass the suspension-cables or -chains which support the bridge platform. The saddle rests upon rollers, beneath which is a bed bearing upon the top of the pier. The rollers permit a slight movement that compensates for the contractions and expansions of the cables under varying temperatures, which, if the saddle were rigidly secured to the pier, would tend to lessen its stability.
    • n saddle In railroading, the bearing in the axle-box of a carriage; also, a chair or seat for the rails. See cut under axle-box.
    • n saddle In building, a thin board placed on the floor in the opening of a doorway, the width of the jambs.
    • n saddle In zoology and anatomy, some part or configuration of parts like or likened to a saddle. Specifically— The cingulum or clitellum of a worm. A peculiar mark on or modification of the carapace of some crustaceans. See ephippium. The color-mark on the back of the male harp-seal, Phoca (Pagophilus) grœnlandica. Of mutton, veal, or venison, a butchers' cut including a part of the backbone with the ribs on one side. In cephalopods, one of the elevations or saliencies of the sutures of a tetrabranchiate, separated from another by an intervening depression or reentrance called a lobe. In poultry, the rump, or lower part of the back, which in the cock is covered with long linear hackles technically called saddle-feathers, which droop on each side of the root of the tail; also, these feathers collectively. See saddle-feathers.
    • n saddle In botany, in the leaves of Isoetes, a ridge separating the fovea and foveola.
    • n saddle A notched support into the recesses or notches of which a gun is laid to hold it steadily in drilling the vent or bouching.
    • n saddle In gun-making, the base of the foresight of a gun, which is soldered or brazed to the barrel.
    • saddle To put a saddle upon: as, to saddle a horse.
    • saddle To load; encumber as with a burden; also, to impose as a burden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saddle sad′l a seat or pad, generally of leather, for a horse's back: anything like a saddle, as a saddle of mutton, veal, or venison—a butcher's cut, including a part of the backbone with the ribs on one side: a part of the harness used for drawing a vehicle: the seat on a bicycle:
    • v.t Saddle to put a saddle on, to load: to encumber
    • n Saddle sad′l (naut.) a block of wood fastened to some spar, and shaped to receive the end of another spar
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Quotations

  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “If one man says to thee, Thou art a donkey, pay no heed. If two speak thus, purchase a saddle.”
  • Mary Webb
    Mary Webb
    “Saddle your dreams before you ride em.”
  • Richard Rumbold
    Richard Rumbold
    “I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.”
  • Gerald W. Johnson
    Gerald W. Johnson
    “No man was ever endowed with a right without being at the same time saddled with a responsibility.”
  • Rita Mae Brown
    Rita Mae Brown
    “If this were a logical world, men would ride side saddle.”

Idioms

Bur under my saddle - A bur under your saddle is something that annoys you or spurs you into action.('Burr' is an alternative spelling.)
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In the saddle - If you're in the saddle, you are in control of a situation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sadel, AS. sadol,; akin to D. zadel, G. sattel, OHG. satal, satul, Icel. söðull, Dan. & Sw. sadel,; cf. Russ. siedlo,; all perh. ultimately from the root of E. sit,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sadol, sadel; cf. Dut. zadel, Ger. sattel.

Usage

In literature:

Soon after supper the ranchers who had banded together for mutual protection began to arrive by saddle and buckboard.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
Sitting motionless in the saddle, he quietly contemplated the occupants of the buckboard.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He was riding a little in advance of her, and he had to turn in the saddle to see her face.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
In the fire season I'm in the saddle every day, and sometimes all night.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
A large number of men's saddles have recently been purchased in London for the use of American ladies who desire to adopt cross-saddle riding.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
Houck grinned, swung to the saddle, and rode up the valley.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
While they fed, watered, and saddled they swapped gossip with the wrangler.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
It was in reality the wooden frame of a very high-backed saddle, like a Mexican saddle.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He silently approached and helped her down from the saddle.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I'll just take the saddle off and turn him into the yard.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
He quit the Rockin'-R to go railroadin' or somethin', an' sold his outfit, saddle an' all.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
While quietly seated in their saddles, Hendrik fancied he heard some strange sounds.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The saddle and trappings were removed from Dick, while the rancher mounted upon the side-saddle belonging to his wife.
"The Young Ranchers" by Edward S. Ellis
I've been in the saddle since daylight, young lady; and Rattler's been under it.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
A blaze-faced horse was standing a short rifle-shot away, bridled and with an empty saddle.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
He dragged out the saddles and bridles and threw them over the horses' backs.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
You threw me across your saddle and walked that wild horse back into our lines.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
He drew rein at the saloon and flung out of the saddle.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
There, hold my horse; loosen the saddle-girths of yours too, and let them breathe freely.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty
Major King started in his saddle, as if to reach out and restrain her.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
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In poetry:

My saddle for a pillow,
I lie beneath the tree,
That softens to a willow,
In the moonlight over me.
"Jack Cornstalk as a Poet" by Henry Lawson
"Take him a gray cours-er," said Robin,
"And a saddle new;
He is our Lady's messengere,
God lend that he be true!"
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
If ever he should have a "spill"
Upon the grass or gravel,
Be sure of this, the saddle will
With Billy Vickers travel.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
"Set on them, lads!" quo' Willie than,
"Fye, lads, set on them cruellie!
For ere they win to the Ritterford,
Mony a toom saddle there sall be!
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang
'I have lived by the saddle for years two score;
And if I must die on tree,
Then the old saddle tree, which has borne me of yore,
Is the properest timber for me.
"The Knight's Leap: A Legend of Altenar" by Charles Kingsley
Come ye, O come ye from the low and the high lands,
Saddle your horses and arm for the fray:
Far comes the call to the men of the islands:
England has need of her children today.
"Boot And Saddle" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Muslim travelers say they're still saddled with 9/11 baggage.
South Street Seaport Developer General Growth Saddled With Debt, Doubts.
Saddled With Debt, Some Decide to Torch Vehicles.
Alford doesn't make many custom saddles these days but he does a lot of saddle repair.
Custom saddles help keep shop a busy one.
No more sex in the saddle or rocking through the night.
After several books, four kids, and a few marriages, Abigail Thomas gets back in the saddle.
As we noted a couple months ago when Spin debuted PUJOL's "DIY2K", poet/brainy philoso-punkster Daniel Pujol and his crew will release their Saddle Creek debut, United States of Being, on June 5.
Saddle Brook, N.J.-based Arrow Fastener Co.
A company called Avioninteriors is looking to sell its new Skyrider seating system that features saddle-style seats.
The Saddle That Invented the Stuntman PBS.
Ritchey to offer Monolink saddle and post.
Solid-state storage experts at Pentek Inc in Upper Saddle River, N.J.
I'm an eventer and have never ridden in a western saddle in my life, so I have no clue where to start.
New Mexico State University has released the results of research on roping and barrel saddle fit.
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In science:

Let us calculate the integrals by a saddle-point approximation.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
For n = N/2 → ∞ the integrals can be evaluated by a saddle-point approximation.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The figure also shows the points (stars) where two solutions of the saddle-point equations of the σ -model coincide.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In terms of the effective theory, the saddle point is at U = 1.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
At the saddle point, the chiral condensate is given by the expectation value of σ .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The saddle points are degenerate at the edge x = 2.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
P = eA, A = Z dt Ls.p., where Ls.p. is the value of the Lagrangian (9) at the saddle point tra jectory.
Instanton approach to the Langevin motion of a particle in a random potential
Next the same result is obtained by the saddle point method.
Probability density of determinants of random matrices
Set ξ = x/K and η = y/K and define f (z ) = ξ log(1 + z ) + (1 − ξ ) log(1 − z ) − t log z, which is the relevant function in the saddle point argument.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
The saddle points for every tl are solutions of f ′ (tc ) = 0,i.e.
Characteristic polynomials of real symmetric random matrices
III, we have shown that e∗ becomes a saddle or a spiral for most φ.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
Fig. 5 shows the behavior of particles near e∗ for constant φ when e∗ is saddle or spiral.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
Left column of three graphs are initial evolution of ensemble with φ = 0, where fixed point at e∗ is saddle.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
Running coupling effects mean that the saddle point of χ is now a function of the scale t = log(k2/Λ2), ωs (t) = ¯αs (t)χm .
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
This behaviour comes from two complex-valued saddle points having ω ∼ 1/√Y, whose exact magnitude is model dependent (Sec. 6).
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
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