from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bent down at the sides so as to give the upper part a rounded form.
  • adj. Bent on each side of a mountain or ridge, without being broken at top; -- said of strata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the shape of a saddle; in botany, having a hollowed back and lateral lobes hanging down like the laps of a saddle, a form occurring in petals.
  • In geology, a technical term descriptive of an unbroken symmetrical anticline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. shaped in the form of a horse's saddle


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  • He was mostly white but had a chestnut-brown saddle-shaped patch that reached over his back and down his sides almost to his belly.

    Born to Bark

  • Those on the smaller islands have saddle-shaped shells with a high-lipped window at the front for the head.


  • Today, a year and a half later, Minnie has a huge saddle-shaped scar under the fur on her back, and she's terrified of tall men and large dogs.

    An Ugly World

  • From Ferrara, sited astride the Po, he claimed to rule a saddle-shaped territory.


  • Particularly useful for creating complex shapes, like saddle-shaped curves (curves in 2 dimensions).


  • The expression of his face had the sharpness and staidness of old age, and the fact that his nose had a saddle-shaped depression across the middle and his nostrils turned upwards gave him a sly and sarcastic look.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • We spent the night of the 26th on the island called Nkuesi, opposite a remarkable saddle-shaped mountain, and found that we were just on the 17th parallel of latitude.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • An extreme saddle-shaped shell (allowing the animal to stretch its head upward) might in some circumstances provide an adaptive advantage over a dome-shaped shell (prohibiting high reach but affording better protection), and in other circumstances the advantage might be reversed.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The shell of a tortoise from EspaƱola is saddle-shaped, with an arched front that lets the animal crane its head upward toward high vegetation.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The populations of southern Isabela, which is grassy, have shells that conform generally to the dome-shaped type, while the northern Isabela populations tend toward the saddle-shaped type.

    The Song of The Dodo


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