leg

noun
\ˈleg 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 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

Charlie McGowan, 24, was killed, and a 26-year-old woman was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Mount Clemens block-party murder suspect arrested at outside Chicago," 7 July 2018 Around the same time, a 22-year-old man was taken to Penn Presbyterian by private vehicle with a gunshot wound to his left leg and was listed in stable condition. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "2 dead in separate Philly shootings," 5 July 2018 Two men, ages 19 and 25, with injuries to their legs were also admitted. Jewish Journal, "IDF grants entry to Syrian adults, orphans for medical aid," 3 July 2018 The teen who would would walk the pavement of the apartment complex with weights strapped to his legs and football dreams was dead. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "As murders rise among Indianapolis youth, so too does the search for answers," 2 July 2018 According to Lavey, the officer was shot at least twice and sustained injuries to his leg around the calf area. Nicole Blanchard And Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Meridian police officer injured, one suspect killed in Boise shooting," 1 July 2018 The 13-year-old was fatally shot in the head and a 24-year-old man died of gunshot wounds to his leg and abdomen, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Wafaa Shurafa, chicagotribune.com, "Palestinians say 13-year-old killed by Israeli gunfire along border fence," 30 June 2018 The injured woman was loaded into the back of an ambulance with a gunshot wound to the leg and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Mom dies in retaliation shooting after wild night on downtown street," 30 June 2018 The 13-year-old was fatally shot in the head and a 24-year-old man died of gunshot wounds to his leg and abdomen, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Washington Post, "Palestinians say 13-year-old killed along border with Israel," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Some poachers sell giraffe leg bones to buyers in Africa and Asia so they can be carved to look like ivory or used for soup. Alex Shoumatoff, Smithsonian, "To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out," 29 Mar. 2017 How to do it: Lie flat on your back with both arms overhead and leg straight. Anthony J. Yeung, Esquire, "5 Next-Level Exercises to Break Your Boring Fitness Routine," 7 June 2017 Some poachers sell giraffe leg bones to buyers in Africa and Asia so they can be carved to look like ivory or used for soup. Alex Shoumatoff, Smithsonian, "To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out," 2 May 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 \

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 \

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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