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

Other Words from leg

Noun

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

Synonyms for leg

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The veteran wide receiver dropped to the MetLife Stadium turf in agony and grabbed his left leg after suffering a non-contact injury late in Monday night’s fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. Pat Leonard, Hartford Courant, 28 Sep. 2022 Jones was injured on New England’s final offensive play Sunday against the Ravens when his left leg bent awkwardly while he was being tackled by Calais Campbell. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2022 When her body was found, her left leg had been severed by a train car. al, 28 Sep. 2022 Justin Turner probably will be down for a few days because of swelling in his left lower leg. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 Tight end Clay Cundiff is out, as expected, after suffering a fracture in his left leg Saturday in the loss to Ohio State. Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 Isaac hasn’t been seen wearing a brace or sleeve over his left leg during his individual sessions in several months. Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Sep. 2022 Mekari punched the field in frustration before being taken to the medical tent and was later carted to the locker room with his shoe and sock removed form his left leg. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 25 Sep. 2022 The play that ended with Walker on a cart and air cast on his left leg happened at the 10:34 mark in the third quarter. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Rangers' best skater in these playoffs netted his team-leading seventh goal to push the lead to 2-0, using his go-to leg kick before finishing through Raanta's legs. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 29 May 2022 Bring your arm and leg back to the starting position. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 27 May 2022 Reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for leg

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.

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

leg

abbreviation

Legal Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legislative, legislature

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