Meaning of MARTINGALE in English

MARTINGALE

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈmär-t ə n-ˌgāl, -tiŋ- ]

noun

Etymology: Middle French

Date: 1584

1. : a device for steadying a horse's head or checking its upward movement that typically consists of a strap fastened to the girth, passing between the forelegs, and bifurcating to end in two rings through which the reins pass

2.

a. : a lower stay of rope or chain for the jibboom used to sustain the strain of the forestays and fastened to or rove through the dolphin striker

b. : dolphin striker

3. : any of several systems of betting in which a player increases the stake usually by doubling each time a bet is lost

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