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 (mär′tn-gāl′) also mar·tin·gal (-găl′)
1. The strap of a horse's harness that connects the girth to the noseband and is designed to prevent the horse from throwing back its head.
2. Nautical Any of several parts of standing rigging strengthening the bowsprit and jib boom against the force of the head stays.
3. Games A method of gambling in which one doubles the stakes after each loss.
4. A loose half belt or strap placed on the back of a garment, such as a coat or jacket.

[French, martingale, from Provençal martegalo, martingale rigging parts, martingale harness strap, game in which the stakes double after each loss, from feminine of martegal, person from the town of Martigues in southeast France (the game being so called from the reputation of the people of Martigues for naiveté and extravagance, due to the town's unconventional, isolated location on a canal linking a lagoon to the Mediterranean Sea).]
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(ˈmɑːtɪnˌɡeɪl) or


1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a strap from the reins to the girth of a horse preventing it from carrying its head too high
2. (Gambling, except Cards) any gambling system in which the stakes are raised, usually doubled, after each loss
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical
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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(ˈmɑr tnˌgeɪl)

1. part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting of a strap that fastens to the girth, passes between the forelegs, and fastens to the noseband or reins: used to steady the horse's head.
2. a stay for a jib boom or bowsprit.
3. a system of gambling in which the stakes are doubled or otherwise raised after each loss.
[1580–90; < Middle French: kind of hose, allegedly derivative of Occitan martegal, inhabitant of Martigue, town in SE France]
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A leather strap attached at one end to a Girth, then running between the front legs of a horse and up to the Bridle bit, and used to control the upper movement of the horse’s head. It was primarily used with saddled horses and not with harness and workhorses.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Martingale - a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girthmartingale - a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head
harness - stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
saddlery, stable gear, tack - gear for a horse
2.Martingale - spar under the bowsprit of a sailboatmartingale - spar under the bowsprit of a sailboat
spar - a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
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n (Horseriding) → Martingal nt
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References in classic literature ?
Got to ride him with a martingale. Has a bad trick of whirling around without cause It's his idea of a joke on his rider.
He shook his head at the martingale, but yielded to the dealer's advice and allowed it to go on.
Discovering that his martingale had more slack in it than usual, he proceeded to give an exhibition of rearing and hind-leg walking.
broke the martingale and enabled him to gain a perpendicular position on his hind legs.
"If he had but a little more brains," she thought to herself, "I might make something of him"; but she never let him perceive the opinion she had of him; listened with indefatigable complacency to his stories of the stable and the mess; laughed at all his jokes; felt the greatest interest in Jack Spatterdash, whose cab-horse had come down, and Bob Martingale, who had been taken up in a gambling- house, and Tom Cinqbars, who was going to ride the steeplechase.
Major Martingale never thought about asking to see the marriage licence, Captain Cinqbars was perfectly enchanted with her skill in making punch.
Ask Martingale; he was in Spain, aide-de-camp to General Blazes."
Our governor (the coachman, I mean) had him harnessed in as tight and strong as he could, with the martingale, and the check-rein, a very sharp curb, and the reins put in at the bottom bar.
At this moment, leaning on the forecastle bulwark, I saw below me Ned Land grappling the martingale in one hand, brandishing his terrible harpoon in the other, scarcely twenty feet from the motionless animal.
Her back hit the stem and seemed just barely to scrape the martingale, yet the Mary Turner sat down till the sea washed level with her stern-rail.
It was a Bearn pony, from twelve to fourteen years old, yellow in his hide, without a hair in his tail, but not without windgalls on his legs, which, though going with his head lower than his knees, rendering a martingale quite unnecessary, contrived nevertheless to perform his eight leagues a day.
A Schaumburg committee has recommended granting a developer's request to phase in its stalled Holiday Inn project on Martingale Road to allow a Holiday Inn Express to open first on the site and raise money for the construction of a full-service hotel next door.