- 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 leg of a stocking; trouser leg.
- one of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture.
- 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, (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.
- bride2(def 1).
- 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.
- leg it, Informal. to walk rapidly or run: We'd better leg it or we'll be late for class.
- leg up,
- 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.
- 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,
- to make fun of someone; tease.
- to deceive someone; trick someone.
- shake a leg, Informal.
- to hurry up.
- Older Use.to dance.
- 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
Examples from the Web for legs
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Wrapees was the term marines used for the Japanese because they had wrapping round their legs.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
After tightening her collar, Stella assumed slave posture: on her knees, legs slightly spread, palm resting face-up on her thighs.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
As I forced my exhausted body to exercise, I yelled at my legs like a drill sergeant, demanding five more minutes or one more set.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Legs McNeil, of Punk magazine fame, once called him “cute” and “charming.”‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
He sat down in a chair, and stretched out his legs, with an air of being at home.Brave and Bold
We dined on frogs' legs and Vouvray, and then went to see the Revue at the Marigny.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
If he sat down his legs were gathered, and he seemed about to stand up.Way of the Lawless
The table serving as washstand stood securely on its four legs.The Roof of France
As he clapped his legs to the horse's back he stuck his knife into the Potawatami.The Trail Book
- 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)
- (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
Word Origin and History for legs
"to use the legs; walk or run," c.1500 (from the beginning usually with it); from leg (n.).
late 13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse leggr "leg, bone of the arm or leg," from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz, with no certain ulterior connections, perhaps from a PIE root meaning "to bend" [Buck]. Cf. German Bein "leg," in Old High German "bone, leg." Replaced Old English shank. Of furniture supports from 1670s. The meaning "a part or stage of a journey or race" (1920) is from earlier sailing sense of "a run made on a single tack" (1867), which was usually qualified as long leg, short leg, etc. Slang phrase shake a leg "dance" is attested from 1881. To be on (one's) last legs "at the end of one's life" is from 1590s.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with legs
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