from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A girth that binds a saddle, pack, or blanket to the body of a horse.
- n. Archaic The fastening belt on a clerical cassock; a cincture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a long unpadded strap to pass over and keep in place a blanket, pack or saddle on an animal
- n. a piece of tack wrapped around the belly of a horse, to use when longeing, also know as lungeing; (roller in UK and Australasia)
- n. a girdle to fasten a garment, especially a cassock
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A belt, band, or girth which passes over a saddle, or over anything laid on a horse's back, to bind it fast.
- n. The girdle of a cassock, by which it is fastened round the waist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gird or surround with a surcingle, as a horse.
- To secure by means of a surcingle, as a blanket or the saddle.
- n. A girth for a horse; especially, a girth separate from the saddle and passing around the body of the horse, retaining in place a blanket, a sheet, or the like, by passing over it.
- n. The girdle with which a garment, especially a cassock, is fastened. Compare cincture.
- n. Same as cauda striati (which see, under cauda).
A blanket fastened on with a surcingle was the favorite seat.
I ran my hand underneath his surcingle, scratching away a trace of dried sweat.
“Thou maun do without horse-sheet and surcingle now, lad,” he said, addressing the animal;
One end is attached to the broad surcingle, which fastens together the complicated gear of the recado, or saddle used in the Pampas; the other is terminated by a small ring of iron or brass, by which a noose can be formed.
He tightened the surcingle around his mount's chest, hiked up his kilts and swung up with the limber movement of a much younger man.
Taking his saddle and pad from one horse, Ty threw it onto a buckskin and pulled the surcingle through the cinch ring.
The blanket has a band, also stays and straps, the use of which does away with the surcingle and affords a most efficient protection for the horse, and may be easily worn under harness in wet weather or at other times, when desirable.
On the back of each great beast was a massive, straw-filled pad secured by a rope passing surcingle-wise around its body.
"I want to dismount," said Frank; and he grasped the surcingle rope as the elephant sank jerkily to its knees.
He threw the stirrup over the top of the saddle and fished under the now quiet horse for her dangling surcingle.