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a. A leather seat for a rider, secured on an animal's back by a girth. Also called regionally rig.
b. Similar tack used for attaching a pack to an animal.
c. The padded part of a driving harness fitting over a horse's back.
d. The seat of a bicycle, motorcycle, or similar vehicle.
e. Something shaped like a saddle.
a. A cut of meat consisting of part of the backbone and both loins.
b. The lower part of a male fowl's back.
a. A saddle-shaped depression in the ridge of a hill.
b. A ridge between two peaks.
4. See cricket4.
v. sad·dled, sad·dling, sad·dles
1. To put a saddle onto.
2. To load or burden; encumber: They were saddled with heavy expenses.
1. To saddle a horse.
2. To get into a saddle; mount a horse. Often used with up.
in the saddle
1. Prevailing or in control; dominant: "The crisis [in Russia] came to a head when the American-backed reformers were in the saddle" (Michael R. Gordon).
2. Engaged in an activity, especially a job: back in the saddle after a leave of absence from work.

[Middle English sadel, from Old English sadol; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.saddled - having a saddle on or being mounted on a saddled animal; "saddled and spurred and ready to ride"
unsaddled - with no saddle
2.saddled - subject to an imposed burden; "left me saddled with the bill"; "found himself saddled with more responsibility than power"
burdened - bearing a heavy burden of work or difficulties or responsibilities; "she always felt burdened by the load of paper work"
References in classic literature ?
In the open horse-box stood Frou-Frou, saddled ready.
The Hunter agreed, but said: "If you desire to conquer the Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this saddle to be placed upon your back so that I may keep steady upon you as we follow after the enemy." The Horse agreed to the conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him.
Having finished his inquiries and extorted from Daniel an opinion that the hounds were fit (Daniel himself wished to go hunting), Nicholas ordered the horses to be saddled. But just as Daniel was about to go Natasha came in with rapid steps, not having done up her hair or finished dressing and with her old nurse's big shawl wrapped round her.