from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The part of a harness which passes over the saddle, and supports the shafts of a cart; -- called also ridgerope, and ridger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the harness of a cart-, wagon-, or gig-horse which goes over the saddle on the back.
- n. In weaving, a band for keeping the heddle loops in a loom in their proper positions: an old contrivance that greatly facilitated weaving.
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