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leg

noun \ ˈleg also ˈlāg \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of leg

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
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
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
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 legs plural :long-term appeal or interest
  • a news story with legs

legless

play \ˈleg-ləs also ˈlāg-\ adjective
    • a legless chair
    • legless lizards

leglike

or leg-like adjective
    • leglike appendages
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

Examples of leg in a Sentence

  1. He sat on a chair with his legs crossed.

  2. He leaned against the wall with his legs spread so the police could search him.

  3. She broke her leg in a skiing accident.

  4. His legs gave way under him and he fell over.

  5. We had chicken legs for dinner.

  6. Would you like some more leg of lamb?

  7. the legs of a table

  8. a chair with a broken leg

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Origin and Etymology of leg

Middle English, from Old Norse leggr

leg Synonyms

Synonyms
pin
Related Words
member; foreleg, forelimb; calf, drumstick, ham, shank, shin, thigh

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leg

verb

Definition of leg

legged; legging
intransitive verb
:to use the legs in walking; especially :run

Recent Examples of leg from the Web

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First Known Use of leg

circa 1587


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leg

abbreviation

Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legato
3 legislative; legislature

Financial Definition of LEG

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.



LEG Defined for English Language Learners

leg

noun

Definition of leg for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

leg

noun \ ˈleg \

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 Dictionary

leg

noun \ ˈleg, ˈlāg \

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

Law Dictionary

leg

abbreviation

legal Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legislative, legislature


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