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1. The raised rear part of a saddle.
2. A corner, segment, or portion; a piece: a cantle of land.

[Middle English cantel, corner, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cantellus, from Vulgar Latin *cantus; see cant1.]
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1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
2. a slice; broken-off piece
[C14: from Old Northern French cantel, from cant corner; see cant2]
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(ˈkæn tl)

1. the hind part of a saddle, usu. curved upward.
2. a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land.
[1275–1325; Middle English cantel (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin cantellus]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cantle - the back of a saddle seat
backrest, back - a support that you can lean against while sitting; "the back of the dental chair was adjustable"
saddle - a seat for the rider of a horse or camel
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References in classic literature ?
"They are here set down, most holy father, upon a cantle of sheep-skin."
"Be not angry, master mine," replied Sancho, "I did not mean to say that;" and coming close to him he laid one hand on the pommel of the saddle and the other on the cantle so that he held his master's left thigh in his embrace, not daring to separate a finger's width from him; so much afraid was he of the strokes which still resounded with a regular beat.
Then she un-strapped a heavy, military coat from the cantle of her saddle and donned it, for the air was already chill.
Jayme owns a software engineering company named Cantle Technology Corporation.
But Martin Cantle and Thomas Entwistle, who are now both serving 11 years in prison, blew their ill-gotten gains on expensive clothes, food and other girls, and have nothing left.
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Co-pilot Andrew Cantle, 27, was flying the plane while Mr Lopez was managing the power and making decisions.
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Sources close to the investigation named the pilot as Jordi Gola Lopez from Spain and English co-pilot Andrew Cantle, believed to be from York.
Airline chairman Noel Hayes said he was absolutely satisfied the flight crew - co-pilot Andrew Cantle from York and Spanish pilot Jordi Gola Lopez - were fully qualified.
English co-pilot Andrew Cantle, 27 and originally from Sunderland but living in York, also died.