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saddle (n.)

Old English sadol "seat for a rider," from Proto-Germanic *sathulaz (source also of Old Norse söðull, Old Frisian sadel, Dutch zadel, zaal, German Sattel "saddle"), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" + Germanic suffix *-þra, used to form neutral names of tools. Figurative phrase in the saddle "in an active position of management" is attested from 1650s. Saddle stitch (n.) was originally in bookbinding (1887).

saddle (v.)

Old English sadolian "to put a riding saddle on;" see saddle (n.). The meaning "to load with a burden" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Saddled; saddling.

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Definitions of saddle from WordNet
1
saddle (n.)
a seat for the rider of a horse or other animal;
saddle (n.)
a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle);
Synonyms: saddleback
saddle (n.)
cut of meat (especially mutton or lamb) consisting of part of the backbone and both loins;
saddle (n.)
a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe;
saddle (n.)
a seat for the rider of a bicycle;
Synonyms: bicycle seat
saddle (n.)
posterior part of the back of a domestic fowl;
2
saddle (v.)
put a saddle on;
saddle the horses
saddle (v.)
load or burden; encumber;
he saddled me with that heavy responsibility
saddle (v.)
impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to;
Synonyms: charge / burden
From wordnet.princeton.edu