American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The raised rear part of a saddle.
- n. A corner, segment, or portion; a piece: a cantle of land.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corner; fragment; piece; portion.
- n. The protuberant part of a saddle behind; the hind bow. In the war-saddles of the middle ages, after the thirteenth century, the cantle was made high and strong enough to bear the weight and pressure of the person of the rider, who, when he put lance in rest to charge, stood up in the stirrups and braced himself against it.
- To cut into pieces; cut a piece out of.
- n. obsolete A splinter, slice, or sliver broken off something.
- n. The raised back of a saddle.
- v. obsolete, transitive To cut into pieces.
- v. obsolete, transitive To cut out from.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. obsolete To cut in pieces; to cut out from.
- n. the back of a saddle seat
- From Old Northern French cantel, Old French chantel (Modern French chanteau), from Medieval Latin cantellus, diminutive of Latin cantus ("corner"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“We ' re left to guess, for instance, what it means that a man has his camelhair jacket shoggling over the cantle of the saddle.”
““Lean back and grasp the cantle,” Mr. Conner instructed.”
“ The cantle, in back, was fairly low, about like an American ‘western’ saddle, to make for easy mounting.”
“Meek-as-milk-water Nightlily leaped ahead so fast that she nearly pitched backward over the cantle.”
“She closed her hands tight over the cantle of the rider's saddle, feeling nervous at being mounted with no reins in her hand.”
“Doubtful rights go cheap; and so the foreshore westward of the brook being claimed by divers authorities, a tidy little cantle of it had been leased by Admiral Darling, lord of the manor, to”
“The Dike, extending from the rough North Sea to the calmer waters of Bridlington Bay, is nothing more than a deep dry trench, skillfully following the hollows of the ground, and cutting off Flamborough Head and a solid cantle of high land from the rest of Yorkshire.”
“Grasping the horn in one hand, the cantle in his other, he stiffly pulled himself onto the burro.”
“Sabin plucked Strongfist's arming cap and helm from the strap behind the saddle cantle and, drawing Lucifer close, reached up to place them on Strongfist's head.”
“The high pommel and cantle and the long stirrup leathers gave him a firm seat that only a full-on blow or his death would dislodge.”
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