from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A limb or an appendage of an animal, used for locomotion or support.
  • n. One of the lower or hind limbs in humans and primates.
  • n. The part of the limb between the knee and foot in vertebrates.
  • n. The back part of the hindquarter of a meat animal.
  • n. A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.
  • n. One of the branches of a forked or jointed object.
  • n. The part of a garment, especially of a pair of trousers, that covers the leg.
  • n. Mathematics Either side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  • n. A stage of a journey or course, especially:
  • n. Nautical The distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack.
  • n. The part of an air route or a flight pattern that is between two successive stops, positions, or changes in direction.
  • n. One of several contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner of a competition.
  • n. Sports One stretch of a relay race.
  • n. The narrow streams of swirled wine or spirits that run slowly down along the inside of a glass, often believed to indicate that the liquid is full-bodied.
  • n. The ability to last or sustain success, especially by appealing to an audience: a blockbuster movie that has legs.
  • intransitive v. Informal To go on foot; walk or run. Often used with the indefinite it: Because we missed the bus, we had to leg it across town.
  • idiom a leg to stand on Slang A justifiable or logical basis for defense; support: He doesn't have a leg to stand on in this debate.
  • idiom a leg up Slang The act or an instance of assisting; a boost.
  • idiom a leg up Slang A position of advantage; an edge: We have a leg up on the competition.
  • idiom on (one's) last legs At the end of one's strength or resources; ready to collapse, fail, or die.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lower limb of a human being or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle.
  • n. The portion of the lower appendage of a human that extends from the knee to the ankle.
  • n. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
  • n. A stage of a journey, race etc.
  • n. A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  • n. One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
  • n. A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
  • n. One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  • n. A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath.
  • n. evidence, the ability of a thing or idea to stick around or persist
  • v. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  • v. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  • v. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A limb or member of an animal used for supporting the body, and in running, climbing, and swimming; esp., that part of the limb between the knee and foot.
  • n. That which resembles a leg in form or use; especially, any long and slender support on which any object rests
  • n. The part of any article of clothing which covers the leg.
  • n. A bow, esp. in the phrase to make a leg; probably from drawing the leg backward in bowing.
  • n. A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
  • n. The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks.
  • n. An extension of the boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; -- called also water leg.
  • n. The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
  • n. A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
  • n. Either side of a triangle distinguished from the base or, in a right triangle, from the hypotenuse; also, an indefinitely extending branch of a curve, as of a hyperbola.
  • n. A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
  • n. A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
  • transitive v. To bow.
  • transitive v. To run.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass on; walk or run nimbly: often with an indefinite it.
  • To make a reverence.
  • An abbreviation of legato.
  • n. One of the two lower limbs of man, or any one of the limbs of an animal which support and move the body.
  • n. Some object resembling a leg in use, position, or appearance: as, the legs of a table or chair; the legs of a pair of dividers; the legs of a triangle (the sides, as opposed to the base, especially the sides adjacent to a right angle); the leg of an angle, or of a hyperbola.
  • n. Hence Something that serves for support, moral or physical.
  • n. The part of a pair of trousers or drawers, or of a stocking, that covers the leg.
  • n. In cricket:
  • n. The part of the field that lies to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler: as, to strike a ball to leg.
  • n. The fielder who occupies that part of the field known as leg. Also long-leg.
  • n. A sharper: same as black-leg, 3.
  • n. Naut.: The run made by a ship on one tack when beating to windward.
  • n. One of two Small ropes spliced together, by which a buntline or leech-line is fastened to the foot or leech of a sail.
  • n. In telephony, a wire used for connecting a subscriber's line directly with the main switchboard.
  • n. Same as water-leg.
  • n. In machinery: The movable case which contains the bucket-belt or -conveyer of a grain-elevator.
  • n. The tube in which the grain is lifted into an elevator.
  • n. In mining, a peculiar form of quartz-reef, forming a nearly vertical prolongation of the saddle.
  • n. A tongue-like portion of some geologic formation which projects from the main mass or intrudes others. The term is a local one used in England for such relationship in different drift deposits.
  • n. A play in which ‘leg-business’ is a prominent feature.
  • n. His position in the field.
  • n. An abbreviation of legislative or legislature; of legal; of legate; of the Latin legit, he reads; of legunt, they read.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the supports for a piece of furniture
  • n. (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
  • n. a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
  • n. a cloth covering consisting of the part of a pair of trousers that covers a person's leg
  • n. a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
  • n. the limb of an animal used for food
  • n. a part of a forked or branching shape
  • n. a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
  • n. a section or portion of a journey or course


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old Norse leggr.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English leg, from Old Norse leggr ("leg, calf, bone of the arm or leg, hollow tube, stalk"), from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz, *lagwijaz (“leg, thigh”), from Proto-Indo-European *(ǝ)lak-, *lēk- (“leg; the main muscle of the arm or leg”). Cognate with Scots leg ("leg"), Icelandic leggur ("leg, limb"), Norwegian legg ("leg"), Swedish lägg ("leg, shank, shaft"), Danish læg ("leg"), Lombardic lagi ("thigh, shank, leg"), Latin lacertus ("limb, arm").



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