Also called standing martingale. part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting of a strap that fastens to the girth, passes between the forelegs and through a loop in the neckstrap or hame, and fastens to the noseband: used to steady or hold down the horse's head. See illus. under harness.
Also called running martingale. a similar device that divides at the chest into two branches, each ending in a ring through which the reins pass.
Nautical. a stay for a jib boom or spike bowsprit.
a system of gambling in which the stakes are doubled or otherwise raised after each loss.

1580–90; < Middle French: kind of hose fastened at the back, allegedly < Provençal martegalo, feminine of martegal, inhabitant of Martigue, town in SE France, though sense apparently influenced by Spanish almártaga harness < Arabic al-martaʿah the vein Unabridged
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martingale (ˈmɑːtɪnˌɡeɪl)
1.  a strap from the reins to the girth of a horse preventing it from carrying its head too high
2.  any gambling system in which the stakes are raised, usually doubled, after each loss
3.  nautical Also called: martingale boom
 a.  a chain or cable running from a jib boom to the dolphin striker, serving to counteract strain
 b.  another term for dolphin striker
[C16: from French, of uncertain origin]

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