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

Definition of leg

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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


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


legless \ ˈleg-​ləs How to pronounce legless (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ adjective
a legless chair legless lizards
leglike or leg-like \ ˈleg-​ˌlīk How to pronounce leg-like (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ 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 There are tentative start dates for a 2021 tour that includes a European leg but any true kickoff for a band rocking into its fourth decade still remains unknown in the pandemic. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Given to Vote: Pearl Jam gets political again during hiatus," 21 Oct. 2020 An 11-year-old crushed his foot on the E.T. Adventure ride, breaking all his toes and some of his leg bones, according to his lawsuit. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida regulators to seek more details on injuries suffered on theme park rides," 21 Oct. 2020 Try a set of yellow, green and red resistance bands, which can be used for back, bicep, triceps, shoulders and leg work. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "You're not nuts. This really is a crazy time. Here are a dozen ways to cope," 20 Oct. 2020 Your favorite yoga-loving friend will surely appreciate this cute figurine, which features a woman sitting in a cross-leg yoga pose with her hands at heart center. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "30 incredible gifts you can get at Wayfair under $25," 19 Oct. 2020 Whether the announcements can fuel another leg in the stock rally is another matter. Lukas Strobl, Bloomberg.com, "Here’s What to Expect in Europe’s Third-Quarter Earnings Season," 18 Oct. 2020 The man suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and leg after the shooter opened fire from a green SUV about 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "1 killed, 6 others shot in Chicago violence overnight," 18 Oct. 2020 The Toyota Tundra, Nissan Frontier, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 all earn Poor ratings for their ability to protect occupants from leg and foot injuries in this test. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Which Vehicles Do the Worst In Crash Testing?," 17 Oct. 2020 The helicopter footage shows Ulmer sitting in his driver’s seat with one leg on the ground outside the car. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Authorities release videos of fatal police shooting on I-805 in Chula Vista," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bring your arm and leg back to the start, and repeat on the other side. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, "The 21-Day Mini Resistance Band Challenge That Will Tone and Strengthen Your Entire Body," 10 July 2020 Rolley suffered a concussion, ruptured blood vessel in his eye, lacerated scalp, and trauma to the head, back, arm, elbow and leg, according to the lawsuit. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "After being beaten while handcuffed, two inmates sue Alabama prison guards," 29 Apr. 2020 Beyond just titans of the genre like Jane Fonda (now leg lifting on TikTok) and Richard Simmons, there were so many celebrity or just sort of celebrity-ish workout videos in the 1980s and 1990s that going through them is a real tour of the era. Marisa Meltzer, New York Times, "Sweating to the Oldies. Or Sitting?," 9 Apr. 2020 Miriam’s brother picked up a reindeer calf that had tucked itself sleepily between the fence and ground, rump out, and carefully carried it, legs cockeyed, inside the gates. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 The researchers noticed unusual, heavy chop marks on the ends of some leg bones known as the metapodials. New York Times, "What Was Kept in This Stone Age Meat Locker? Bone Marrow," 9 Oct. 2019 The fully sheer skirt on Delevingne's dress seemed to be no cause of concern for the runway star, who's no stranger to leg-baring designs. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Shines on the Red Carpet in a Sequined Naked Dress," 26 Aug. 2019 That element figures to be the focus again come October, with River slated to host the first leg before the return leg three weeks later at Boca's La Bombonera. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Boca Juniors, River Plate to Meet in Copa Libertadores Semifinals," 30 Aug. 2019 Both species have leg bones that make researchers think their feet were more important in swimming than those of modern penguins, or standing upright was not yet as important. Jack Guy, CNN, "A "monster penguin" as big as a human once lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of leg


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leg


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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Last Updated

24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce leg (audio)

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.


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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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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

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Legal Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legislative, legislature

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