- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), legged, leg·ging.
- 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.
- to hurry up.
- Older Use. to dance.
Origin of leg
Related formsleg·less, adjectiveleg·like, adjective
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’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was no easy matter to do this, for the friars were so heavy that it required three stout men to each to set them on their legs.Charley Laurel|W. H. G. Kingston
Then he threshed his legs, where two of the creatures clung, trying to drag him down again.
Hour after hour like that, with ten minutes' rest now and then at a spring or to stretch our legs.Romany of the Snows|Gilbert Parker
In some way one of his legs had slipped between the branches, the angle of which became more acute, of course, toward the apex.Our Bird Comrades|Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
You can—this heap has got the legs of a centipede and you've got plenty of gas and oil.Triplanetary|Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for legs
- 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
- the distance travelled without tacking
- (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
- 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
- to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards
- to help someone to advance
- to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
- to dance
verb legs, legging or legged
Derived Formsleglike, adjective
Word Origin for leg
Medicine definitions for legs
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