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.
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.
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How to use martingale in a sentence
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"Spikes your excellent father left sticking out of his martingale," he said, a sort of boyish resentment in his tones.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
It comes with the onset of a "bergy-bit" which smashes the martingale as it plunges into a deep trough.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
martingale: A short spar under the bowsprit, used to give more spread to the stays that set the bowsprit or jib-boom down.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2 | Various
That devil of a chevalier has found an infallible martingale, he says; but it requires funds to start it.Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII) | Charles Paul de Kock
She'd swung herself up into the martingale, an' there she'd squatted all the afternoon until we was out o' sight o' land.Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for martingale
a strap from the reins to the girth of a horse preventing it from carrying its head too high
any gambling system in which the stakes are raised, usually doubled, after each loss
Also called: martingale boom nautical
a chain or cable running from a jib boom to the dolphin striker, serving to counteract strain
another term for dolphin striker
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