• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Surcingle A belt, band, or girth which passes over a saddle, or over anything laid on a horse's back, to bind it fast.
    • Surcingle (Eccl) The girdle of a cassock, by which it is fastened round the waist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n surcingle 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 surcingle The girdle with which a garment, especially a cassock, is fastened. Compare cincture.
    • n surcingle Same as cauda striati (which see, under cauda).
    • surcingle To gird or surround with a surcingle, as a horse.
    • surcingle To secure by means of a surcingle, as a blanket or the saddle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Surcingle sur′sing-gl a girth or strap for holding a saddle on an animal's back: the girdle of a cassock
    • v.t Surcingle to surround with such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sursengle, OF. sursangle,. See Sur-, and Cingle Shingles


In literature:

I guess this outfit ain't got no surcingle on me.
"Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West" by William MacLeod Raine
To this I was securely bound by a long strap resembling a surcingle.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
This here C. G. R. outfit ain't got no surcingle on me.
"A Fool For Love" by Francis Lynde
Theire favourite of to-day may, for what they care, goe hang himself to-morrow in his surcingle.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VI." by Various
Thirdly, the racers, Ferdinand and Albert Edward, the latter belting Isabella with a surcingle whenever she faltered.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, May 7, 1919." by Various
You can lay yer hand on either one and say that no better boss was ever wrapped in a surcingle.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
And he tightened the surcingle himself with such a jerk that the mare plunged and he struck her.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
Under this he wore another coat still more ragged, and the whole was belted at the waist with an old surcingle.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
He immediately pulled up his horse, and, dismounting, unstrapped the surcingle of his saddle.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various