follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

standing martingale

noun
1.
martingale (def 1).

martingale

[mahr-tn-geyl] /ˈmɑr tnˌgeɪl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Nautical. a stay for a jib boom or spike bowsprit.
4.
a system of gambling in which the stakes are doubled or otherwise raised after each loss.
Origin
1580-1590
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for standing-martingale

martingale

/ˈmɑːtɪnˌɡeɪl/
noun
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
  1. a chain or cable running from a jib boom to the dolphin striker, serving to counteract strain
  2. another term for dolphin striker
Word Origin
C16: from French, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for standing martingale

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for standing

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with standing-martingale