Simple Definition of leg
: one of the long body parts that are used especially for standing, walking, and running
: an animal's leg when it is used as food
: any one of the long thin parts that support a table, chair, etc.
Full Definition of leg
1 : a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: as a (1) : one of the paired vertebrate limbs that in bipeds extend from the top of the thigh to the foot (2) : the part of such a limb between the knee and foot b : the back half of a hindquarter of a meat animal c : one of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling
2 a : a pole or bar serving as a support or prop <the legs of a tripod> b : a branch of a forked or jointed object <the legs of a compass>
3 a : the part of an article of clothing that covers the leg b : the part of the upper (as of a boot) that extends above the ankle
5 : a side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse; also : a side of an isosceles triangle that is not the base
6 a : the course and distance sailed by a boat on a single tack b : a portion of a trip : stage c : one section of a relay race d : one of several events or games necessary to be won to decide a competition <won the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown>
7 : a branch or part of an object or system
8 plural : long-term appeal or interest <a news story with legs>
Examples of leg in a sentence
He sat on a chair with his legs crossed.
He leaned against the wall with his legs spread so the police could search him.
She broke her leg in a skiing accident.
His legs gave way under him and he fell over.
We had chicken legs for dinner.
Would you like some more leg of lamb?
the legs of a table
a chair with a broken leg
Origin of leg
Middle English, from Old Norse leggr
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of leg
: to use the legs in walking; especially : run
Definition of leg
3 legislative; legislature
LEG Defined for Kids
Definition of leg for Students
1 : one of the limbs of an animal or person that support the body and are used in walking and running
2 : the part of the leg between the knee and the foot
3 : something like a leg in shape or use <the legs of a table>
4 : the part of a garment that covers the leg
5 : a stage or part of a journey <We started the first leg of our trip.>
Medical Definition of leg
: a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: asa: either of the two lower human limbs that extend from the top of the thigh to the foot and especially the part between the knee and the ankleb: any of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling
Legal Definition of leg
2 legislative, legislature
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