from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The raised rear part of a saddle.
- n. A corner, segment, or portion; a piece: a cantle of land.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something.
- n. The raised back of a saddle.
- v. To cut into pieces.
- v. To cut out from.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A corner or edge of anything; a piece; a fragment; a part.
- n. The upwardly projecting rear part of saddle, opposite to the pommel.
- transitive v. To cut in pieces; to cut out from.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corner; fragment; piece; portion.
- n. The protuberant part of a saddle behind; the hind bow.
- To cut into pieces; cut a piece out of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the back of a saddle seat
Middle English cantel, corner, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cantellus, from Vulgar Latin *cantus; see cant1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Northern French cantel, Old French chantel (Modern French chanteau), from Medieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of Latin cantus ("corner"). (Wiktionary)