leg

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

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 \ 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 Once symptoms appear—in an arm or a leg or a hand—the typical survival rate is three to five years. Brian Barrett, Wired, "My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back," 23 June 2020 The 5-foot-8, 138-pound younger McPherson also has a big leg, making a 57-yarder against Albertville last season. Dennis Victory, al, "Recruiting news, coaching changes, golf highlight high school sports roundup," 20 June 2020 Attorneys for Taylor's family say her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fearing a home invasion, called 911, grabbed a gun and fired, shooting an officer in the leg. NBC News, "1 of 3 Louisville police officers in Breonna Taylor case to be fired, mayor says," 19 June 2020 Taylor's boyfriend did not realize the officers were police and shot one of the officers in the leg. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Officer involved in fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor to be fired," 19 June 2020 Walker shot an officer in the leg as police entered, and Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing gunfire by officers. Darcy Costello, USA TODAY, "Officers can't be suspended without pay in Breonna Taylor case yet, Louisville attorney says," 18 June 2020 The officer then fired his handgun at Echols, striking him once in the leg, GBI states. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Police shot a man after a high-speed chase. It's Georgia's 50th police shooting investigated by GBI this year," 18 June 2020 Walker shot an officer in the leg as police entered, and Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing gunfire by officers. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "LMPD officers can't be suspended without pay in Breonna Taylor case, city attorney says," 17 June 2020 This allows the tail to grasp objects, similar to a fifth leg, the U.K.-based organization wrote on its website. Fox News, "Incredible pictures show tiny wild harvest mice sitting on wheat stalk," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Both species have leg bones that make researchers think their feet were more important in swimming than those of modern penguins, or that standing upright was not yet as important. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘Monster penguin’ as big as a human lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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Last Updated

26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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
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.

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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