Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various birds, fishes, and other animals having saddle-shaped markings on the back.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A saddle-shaped ridge forming a shallow pass between two peaks.
  • n. A roof in the same shape, having a gable at each end.
  • n. Any of various creatures having a saddle-shaped marking on its back.
  • n. An anticlinal.
  • n. the great black-backed gull.
  • adj. saddle-backed
  • adv. saddle-backed
  • v. To engage in anal sex with the intention of preserving one's virginity (chiefly by Christian teenagers)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as saddle-backed.
  • n. Anything saddle-backed; esp., a hill or ridge having a concave outline at the top.
  • n.
  • n. The harp seal.
  • n. The great blackbacked gull (Larus marinus).
  • n. The larva of a bombycid moth (Empretia stimulea) which has a large, bright green, saddle-shaped patch of color on the back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hill or its summit when shaped somewhat like a saddle.
  • n. A bastard kind of oyster, unfit for food; a racoon-oyster.
  • n. The great black-backed gull: same as blackback, 1.
  • n. The harp-seal: so called from the mark on the back.
  • n. A variety of domestic geese, white, with dark feathers on the back like a saddle.
  • n. The larva of the bombycid moth Empretia stimulea: so called on account of the saddle-like markings on the back.
  • n. A coping with a double slope.
  • n. Creadion carunculatus, a passerine bird of New Zealand: so named on account of the chestnut mark on its back.
  • n. A pigeon having a broad mark across the upper part of the back, suggestive of a saddle.
  • Characterized by having a rather steep double slope. Thus, a saddleback roof on a tower is one which has two slopes with a ridge between them and which is bounded at either end by the gable wall. The terra is not often applied to the roofs of large masses of buildings.

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

  • n. a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
  • n. a double sloping roof with a ridge and gables at each end

Etymologies

saddle +‎ back (Wiktionary)
From Saddleback Church of Lake Forest, California. Coined in a contest held by columnist Dan Savage, in response to its support for California Proposition 8. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The saddleback was a diplodocoid more than a hundred feet long, named for the sage-and-rust markings that broke up its vast profile.

    Archive 2009-07-05

  • "saddleback" -- the greater black-backed gull of the text-books -- knowing the hand of man to be against it for its raids on game and poultry, would keep at a respectful distance.

    Birds in the Calendar

  • And now … without further delay … the winning definition of "saddleback" … by a gaping margin … definition number 5.

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  • Am I the only one who snickers when they hear "saddleback"?

    Planet Atheism

  • I shed my pack, kept my weapon and started running full out up the saddleback, then something tugged at my right side, i had caught a round A through and through gunshot wound.

    ronald dean douglas

  • A new monkey, a subspecies of saddleback tamarin, has been described.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The livestock comprises one saddleback sow with seven piglets, 15 chickens and some bees.

    Country diary: Windsor Hill, Somerset

  • In the wild, emperor tamarins often live side by side with saddleback tamarins.

    ZooBorns

  • Then pick your damned VP NOW, so we can get off this polling/saddleback thread.

    Obama Campaign: McCain Is A Reckless Hothead

  • And for the love of God that saddleback thing was not a debate, and if someone can tell me how in the hell you can say McCain won when he is saying drill now drill here in a church.

    Speaking To Veterans, Obama Directly Takes On McCain's Attacks On His Patriotism

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  • a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)

    September 27, 2008