saddle

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun a leather seat for a rider placed on the back of a horse
  • noun a coloured patch on the back of an animal such as a pig which looks a little as if the animal is carrying a saddle
  • noun the part of a shaft-horse’s harness that bears the shafts

Construction

  • A fitted device used with hangers to support a pipe.
  • A series of bends in a pipe over an obstruction.
  • A short horizontal member set on top of a post as a seat for a girder.
  • Any hollow-backed structure with a shape suggesting a saddle, as a ridge connected to two higher elevations or a saddle roof.

Food

  • A large joint of meat from smaller animals, consisting of two joined loins and sometimes including ribs

Publishing

  • noun a device on which an unbound booklet is placed to be stitched

Travel

  • noun a cut of meat such as lamb, hare or venison, made up of both loins and part of the backbone

Origin & History of “saddle”

Saddle comes from a prehistoric Germanic *sathulaz, which also produced German sattel, Dutch zadel, and Swedish sadel. Etymologically it no doubt signifies something to ‘sit’ on, hailing ultimately from the Indo-European base *sed- ‘sit’, from which English gets sit.
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