[ leg ]
/ lɛg /
either of the two lower limbs of a biped, as a human being, or any of the paired limbs of an animal, arthropod, etc., that support and move the body.
Anatomy. the lower limb of a human being from the knee to the ankle.
something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance.
the part of a garment that covers the leg: the legs of pantyhose; his trouser leg.
one of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture: sturdy piano legs.
one of the sides of a forked object, as of a compass or pair of dividers.
one of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.
a timber, bar, or the like, serving to prop or shore up a structure.
one of the flanges of an angle iron.
one of the distinct sections of any course: the last leg of a trip.
- one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship.
- one straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
- one of a designated number of contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner.
- one of the stretches or sections of a relay race.
legs, Slang. staying power, especially the capacity to draw large audiences steadily over a long period: I had hoped for a bestseller, but my second novel had no legs.
legs, (in wine tasting) the rivulets of wine that slowly descend along the inside of a glass after the wine has been swirled, sometimes regarded as an indication that the wine is full-bodied.
- the part of the field to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler or to the right of and behind him if he is left-handed.
- the fielder playing this part of the field.
- the position of this fielder.
Electricity. a component or branch of a circuit, network, antenna, etc.
Radio and Television. a connecting link between stations in a network, as the microwave relays used in transmitting a show from one geographical area to another.
verb (used with object), legged, leg·ging.
to move or propel (a boat) with the legs: They legged the boat through the tunnel.
leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.
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Idioms for leg
break a leg. break (def. 113).
leg it, Informal. to walk rapidly or run: We'd better leg it or we'll be late for class.
- a means of help or encouragement; assist; boost: Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam.
- advantage; edge.
- to make fun of someone; tease.
- to deceive someone; trick someone: She thought someone was pulling her leg when she got the call from the Nobel Committee.
- to hurry up: If you don't shake a leg, we'll miss the opening number.
- Older Use. to dance: The dance floor was flooded with couples shaking a leg to the loud and lively music.
not have a leg to stand on, to lack a valid or logical basis for one's argument or attitude: Without evidence, the prosecutor doesn't have a leg to stand on.
on one's / its last legs, just short of exhaustion, breakdown, failure, etc.: The aristocracy was on its last legs.
pull someone's leg,
shake a leg, Informal.
stretch one's legs, to take a walk; get some needed exercise after prolonged sitting: He got up during the intermission to stretch his legs.
Origin of leg
First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English, from Old Norse leggr, akin to Greek láx, lágdēn “with the foot”
OTHER WORDS FROM leglegless, adjectiveleglike, adjective
Definition for leg (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for leg (1 of 2)
/ (lɛɡ) /
- either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
- (as modifier)leg guard; leg rest Related adjective: crural
any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support
this part of an animal, esp the thigh, used for foodleg of lamb
something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair
a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object
the part of a garment that covers the leg
a section or part of a journey or course
a single stage, lap, length, etc, in a relay race
either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed
either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
- the distance travelled without tacking
- (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games
- the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
- (as modifier)a leg slip; leg stump
give someone a leg up
- to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards
- to help someone to advance
have legs informal to be successful or show the potential to succeed
not have a leg to stand on to have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument
on its last legs worn out; exhausted
pull someone's leg informal to tease, fool, or make fun of someone
shake a leg informal
- to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
- to dance
show a leg informal to get up in the morning
stretch one's legs See stretch (def. 17)
verb legs, legging or legged
(tr) obsolete to propel (a canal boat) through a tunnel by lying on one's back and walking one's feet along the tunnel roof
leg it informal to walk, run, or hurry
Derived forms of legleglike, adjective
Word Origin for leg
C13: from Old Norse leggr, of obscure origin
British Dictionary definitions for leg (2 of 2)
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Medical definitions for leg
[ lĕg ]
One of the two lower limbs of the human body, especially the part between the knee and the foot.
A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Idioms and Phrases with leg
In addition to the idiom beginning with leg
- leg up, a
- arm and a leg
- break a leg
- on one's last legs
- pull someone's leg
- shake a leg
- stretch one's legs
- tail between one's legs
- without a leg to stand on
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.