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

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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 Slide your right leg back in, stand tall and reach your arms toward the ceiling. Tatiana Lampa, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 Lift your hips up to bring your bottom off the ground and shift your weight back into your hands, then lift your right leg toward the ceiling. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 Kiana Hummel and a friend went for a late-night swim at a beach when a large crocodile bit her right leg and dragged her into the water, Mexico News Daily previously reported. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 Now the track star, who runs using an above-the-knee prosthetic on her right leg, is looking to replicate her performance on the international stage at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix starting on July 21. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 20 July 2022 The Sox, playing without center fielder Luis Robert (lightheadedness) and left fielder Eloy Jiménez (tightness in his right leg), tried to chip away at the deficit. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2022 Woods still hasn’t recovered from nearly having his right leg amputated after his automobile crash of 16 months ago. Terence Moore, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The 46-year old 15-time major champion has gone through extensive surgeries on his legs, including having his right leg injured after a single-car crash in February 2021. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 But Woods has won two Opens on the Old Course, and, approaching 17 months after the car wreck that nearly claimed his right leg, his appearance this week is already possessing the air of an informal valedictory at St. Andrews. Alan Blinder, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 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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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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