from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The arched upper front part of a saddle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The raised front part of a saddle; hence, the front of a saddle in general; the part from which was often suspended a weapon, or the helmet, or other article requiring to be within easy reach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The bow or arch in the front part of a saddle, or the pieces which form the front.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The front part of the saddle that is arched up like a bow.

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

  • noun handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle


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  • MacRannoch nodded toward the trees behind me, and I whirled to see a rider making his way carefully through the branches, a bulky cloth-covered shape draped across the saddlebow in front of him.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • They had revived under his smouldering regard, and I guessed she was having delicious shivers at the thought of him sweeping her off at his saddlebow and having his wicked will of her by the shores of Gitchee-Gununee.


  • While the knights turned their horses, and rode back to the distance of about a hundred and fifty yards, Quentin, looking to the ladies, bent low on his saddlebow, as if desiring their favourable regard, and as they streamed towards him their kerchiefs, in token of encouragement, the two assailants had gained the distance necessary for their charge.

    Quentin Durward

  • Just as Avatre got under the plummeting body, arced herself with grace and power, and caught him across the saddlebow something dark bloomed on the cliff below them.


  • They rode down into the caldera carrying the Winchesters upright before them in the saddlebow.

    No Country For Old Men

  • "My name is Sengi," he said, leaning an elbow on Jiro's saddlebow and looking down at the gatekeeper.


  • Pierre, bending over his saddlebow and hardly able to control his shying horse, galloped ahead of the soldiers where there was a free space.

    War and Peace

  • Mariana de Talavera, who will also explain to you in what circumstances you may lawfully Kill your King and whether you had better hand him his poison in a goblet or smear it for him upon his robe or his saddlebow.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • With his hand on his saddlebow, he was ready to dismount and stab the wolf, when she suddenly thrust her head up from among that mass of dogs, and then her forepaws were on the edge of the gully.

    War and Peace

  • And he overcame him, and parted his head from his body, and hung it upon his saddlebow in triumph.

    The Epic of Kings


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