Definition of leg
1 : a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: such asa (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 footb : the back half of a hindquarter of a meat animalc : 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 tripodb : a branch of a forked or jointed object the legs of a compass
3a : the part of an article of clothing that covers the legb : the part of the upper (as of a boot) that extends above the ankle
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 tackb : a portion of a trip : stagec : one section of a relay raced : 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
leglessplay \ˈleg-ləs also ˈlāg-\ adjective a legless chair legless lizards
leg–likeadjective leglike appendages
a leg to stand on
on one's last legs
Examples of leg in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of leg from the Web
The youths cut off the birds’ legs, tied the dead birds together and threw them into the ocean.
Said glam squad proceeded to apply latex to her forehead and create impressively realistic head and leg wounds with their special effects skills.
Their legs can reach about 8 inches long, though their bodies never get larger than the size of your thumb.
During the island's San Juan festival, held each year on June 23 and 24, Minorcan race horses gallop and prance on their rear legs through the streets of Ciutadella to honor of the town's patron saint.
Risner, who drove the crew to Palos Park from Crown Point, picked up Gulli and drove him to a nearby hospital for treatment of a bullet wound to his leg.
More than 10 million people attempted to buy just 750,000 tickets for the North American leg of her tour alone, crashing Ticketmaster's website in the process.
Come for the dance moves; stay for the crazy prosthetic leg wound.
The Brink’s guard returned fire, striking the shooter in the leg.
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Origin and Etymology of leg
Middle English, from Old Norse leggr
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of leg
: to use the legs in walking; especially : run
First Known Use of leg
Definition of leg
3 legislative; legislature
LEG Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 Definition of leg
: a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: asa: 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 ankleb: any of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling
Legal Definition of leg
2 legislative, legislature
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