leg

noun
\ ˈleg also ˈlāg How to pronounce leg (audio) \

Definition of leg

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: such 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
2a : 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
3a : 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
4 : obeisance, bow used chiefly in the phrase to make a leg
5 : a side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse also : a side of an isosceles triangle that is not the base
6a : 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 legs plural : long-term appeal or interest a news story with legs
a leg to stand on
: support especially : a basis for one's position in a controversy
on one's last legs
: at or near the end of one's resources : on the verge of failure, exhaustion, or ruin

leg

verb
legged; legging

Definition of leg (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to use the legs in walking especially : run

Definition of leg (Entry 3 of 3)

1 legal
2 legato
3 legislative; legislature

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Other Words from leg

Noun

legless \ ˈleg-​ləs How to pronounce legless (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ adjective
a legless chair legless lizards
leglike or leg-like adjective
leglike appendages

Synonyms for leg

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leg in a Sentence

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In one video, a teen does a viral dance with traffic cones fitted to his legs. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "TikTok Stars Are Preparing to Take Over the Internet," 12 July 2019 One person was hospitalized with injuries to his leg and scrotum. Fox News, "Firecracker 'prank gone bad' leaves 2 Detroit city employees who tried to use toilet injured," 11 July 2019 After starting the first six games for the Ducks, and protecting star QB Justin Herbert’s blind side, Sewell sustained an injury to his right leg against Washington and was out six weeks. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2019: Nos. 25–11," 11 July 2019 While officers were at Akron City Hospital, Jones came to the emergency room for a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "3 shot during fistfight in East Akron, police say," 10 July 2019 Johnson was found in the same area suffering from a gunshot wound to his right leg. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Murder charge dismissed against former city worker in 2017 death of cousin caught in crossfire," 9 July 2019 The mother of two is still recovering from injuries to her legs and back. CBS News, "Beachgoers beware: Drivers pose potentially deadly danger on the sand," 5 July 2019 Also, police said a 16-year-old boy, initially thought to have been stabbed, sustained a puncture wound to his leg after running into a table. Washington Post, "Police: Security officer’s gunshot warning caused stampede," 5 July 2019 The second victim was in the backyard with a severe gunshot wound to the leg. Eduardo Medina, SFChronicle.com, "Officials seek suspect in west Sonoma County shooting," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Firefighter Charlie Winter tried it as a shark was biting his daughter’s leg June 2 off North Carolina’s Atlantic Beach. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Is it a good idea to punch a shark in the nose during an attack? Experts weigh in," 4 June 2019 Finishing touches, including nailhead trim and leg colors, can also be selected. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "One Kings Lane is the Answer to Your Custom Furniture Needs," 17 Oct. 2018 Enter: the surprisingly flattering—and simultaneously leg toning—dad sneaker. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Secret For Mile Long Legs Includes a Pair of $1,500 Adidas Sneakers," 24 July 2018 Varicose veins result from inborn vein characteristics, not leg position. New York Times, "A Small Price for Sitting Pretty," 15 June 2018 Injury update: The Broncos lost senior defensive tackle David Moa and tailback Alexander Mattison, two important starters, to leg injuries in the first half. Dave Southorn And Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Final: Boise State 41, Utah State 14; Broncos roll as Rypien gets hot," 28 Oct. 2017 Derrick Comby, 28, suffered a gunshot wound to leg. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Akron police looking to identify four possibly connected to fatal bar shooting," 24 Oct. 2017 Peacock spiders and other jumping spiders use internal hydraulic pumps rather than leg muscles to leap 30 times their body length. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 Cornelius went to the locker room on the back on a cart, and a member of the training staff was holding the player’s leg down. Andrew Astleford, ajc, "Arkansas WR Jared Cornelius exits game against Texas A&M with ankle injury," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of leg

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leg

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse leggr

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The first known use of leg was in the 13th century

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leg

noun

Financial Definition of leg

What It Is

In the brokerage world, a leg is an individual component of a multistep trade.

How It Works

Let's say John Doe wants to do an options straddle, which involves buying call and put options with the same expiration date. John Doe's broker executes the first leg, which is to buy the call, and then he executes the second leg, which is to buy the put.

Why It Matters

Timing is everything is multistep trades. Accordingly, in John's case, his broker should try to execute both legs simultaneously, or at least very close in time, in order to avoid the risk of price changes for those products as the trading day progresses.

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leg

noun

English Language Learners 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.

leg

noun
\ ˈleg How to pronounce leg (audio) \

Kids Definition of leg

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.

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leg

noun
\ ˈleg, ˈlāg How to pronounce leg (audio) \

Medical Definition of leg

: a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: as
a : 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 ankle
b : any of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling

Legal Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legislative, legislature

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