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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 leg /lɛg/
USA pronunciation n., v., legged, leg•ging. n.
[ countable ]
Anatomyeither of the two lower limbs of a two-footed animal, as a human being, or any of the paired limbs of an animal, that support and move the body.
something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance, as one of the sides of a triangle.
Clothingthe part of a piece of clothing, boot, or the like that covers the leg.
Furnitureone of usually several relatively slender supports for a piece of furniture.
one of the separate parts or sections of anything: on the last leg of a trip. v.
[no object ]
to use the legs in walking or running: We were legging back to the store. Idioms
Idioms a leg to stand on, facts or proof to support one's claims or arguments: [usually used with a negative word ] With such skimpy evidence against us the police don't have a leg to stand on.
Idioms a leg up, an advantage: Our new product gave us a leg up on our competition.
Idioms on one's just short of collapse: or its last legs, The failing business was on its last legs when he took it over. Idioms stretch one's legs, to move or walk around after a long time sitting. -leg-, root.
-leg- comes from Latin, where it has the meanings "law'' and "to gather; read.'' It is related to -lec-. These meanings are found in such words as: delegate, illegal, illegible, intellect, intelligent, legacy, legal, legate, legend, legible, legion, legislate, legitimate, paralegal, privilege, relegate, sacrilege. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 leg
(leg), USA pronunciation n., v., legged, leg•ging. n.
Anatomyeither of the two lower limbs of a biped, as a human being, or any of the paired limbs of an animal, arthropod, etc., that support and move the body.
Anatomythe lower limb of a human being from the knee to the ankle.
something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance.
Clothingthe part of a garment that covers the leg: the leg of a stocking; trouser leg.
Furnitureone of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture.
Buildingone of the sides of a forked object, as of a compass or pair of dividers.
Mathematicsone of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.
Buildinga timber, bar, or the like, serving to prop or shore up a structure.
Buildingone of the flanges of an angle iron.
one of the distinct sections of any course: the last leg of a trip.
Naval Termsone of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship. Naval Termsone straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
one of a designated number of contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner. one of the stretches or sections of a relay race.
Wine legs, (in wine tasting) the rivulets of wine that slowly descend along the inside of a glass after the wine has been swirled, sometimes regarded as an indication that the wine is full-bodied.
the part of the field to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler or to the right of and behind him if he is left-handed.
the fielder playing this part of the field. the position of this fielder.
Electricitya component or branch of a circuit, network, antenna, etc.
Radio and Televisiona connecting link between stations in a network, as the microwave relays used in transmitting a show from one geographical area to another.
Textiles, Clothingbride 2 (def. 1).
Idioms leg up:
a means of help or encouragement; assist; boost: Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam. advantage; edge.
Idioms not have a leg to stand on, to lack a valid or logical basis for one's argument or attitude: Without evidence, the prosecutor doesn't have a leg to stand on.
Idioms on one's or its last legs, just short of exhaustion, breakdown, failure, etc.: The aristocracy was on its last legs.
Idioms pull someone's leg:
to make fun of someone; tease. to deceive someone; trick someone.
Idioms shake a leg,
to hurry up. to dance. [Older Use. ]
Idioms stretch one's legs, to take a walk; get some needed exercise after prolonged sitting: He got up during the intermission to stretch his legs. v.t.
to move or propel (a boat) with the legs: They legged the boat through the tunnel.
leg it, to walk rapidly or run: [Informal. ] We'd better leg it or we'll be late for class. leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.
leg ′less, adj.
leg ′like′, adj.
Old Norse leggr 1225–75; 1915–20 for def. 10; Middle English leg.,
Music and Dancelegato.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
leg / lɛɡ/ n either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella this part of an animal, esp the thigh, used for food: leg of lamb something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object the part of a garment that covers the leg a section or part of a journey or course a single stage, lap, length, etc, in a relay race either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler (: as modifier) a leg slip, leg stump have legs ⇒ informal to be successful or show the potential to succeed not have a leg to stand on ⇒ to have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument on its last legs ⇒ worn out; exhausted pull someone's leg ⇒ informal to tease, fool, or make fun of someone shake a leg ⇒ informal to hurry up: usually used in the imperative stretch one's legs ⇒ See stretch vb ( ) legs, legging, legged leg it ⇒ informal to walk, run, or hurry Etymology: 13 th Century: from Old Norse leggr, of obscure origin
leg. abbreviation for legato
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