WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
leg /lɛg/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  legged, leg•ging. 
n. [countable]
  1. 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.
  2. something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance, as one of the sides of a triangle.
  3. Clothingthe part of a piece of clothing, boot, or the like that covers the leg.
  4. Furnitureone of usually several relatively slender supports for a piece of furniture.
  5. one of the separate parts or sections of anything:on the last leg of a trip.

v. [no object]
  1. to use the legs in walking or running:We were legging back to the store.
  1. Idiomsa leg to stand on, [usually used with a negative word] facts or proof to support one's claims or arguments:With such skimpy evidence against us the police don't have a leg to stand on.
  2. Idiomsa leg up, an advantage:Our new product gave us a leg up on our competition.
  3. Idiomson one's or its last legs, just short of collapse:The failing business was on its last legs when he took it over.
  4. Idiomsstretch 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. 
    1. 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.
    2. Anatomythe lower limb of a human being from the knee to the ankle.
    3. something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance.
    4. Clothingthe part of a garment that covers the leg:the leg of a stocking; trouser leg.
    5. Furnitureone of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture.
    6. Buildingone of the sides of a forked object, as of a compass or pair of dividers.
    7. Mathematicsone of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.
    8. Buildinga timber, bar, or the like, serving to prop or shore up a structure.
    9. Buildingone of the flanges of an angle iron.
    10. one of the distinct sections of any course:the last leg of a trip.
    11. [Naut.]
      • 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.
    12. Sport
      • 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.
    13. Winelegs, (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.
    14. Sport[Cricket.]
      • 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.
    15. Electricitya component or branch of a circuit, network, antenna, etc.
    16. 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.
    17. Textiles, Clothingbride2 (def. 1).
    18. Idiomsleg up: 
      • a means of help or encouragement;
        boost:Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam.
      • advantage;
    19. Idiomsnot 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.
    20. Idiomson one's or  its last legs, just short of exhaustion, breakdown, failure, etc.:The aristocracy was on its last legs.
    21. Idiomspull someone's leg: 
      • to make fun of someone;
      • to deceive someone;
        trick someone.
    22. Idiomsshake a leg, [Informal.]
      • to hurry up.
      • [Older Use.]to dance.
    23. Idiomsstretch one's legs, to take a walk;
      get some needed exercise after prolonged sitting:He got up during the intermission to stretch his legs.

    1. to move or propel (a boat) with the legs:They legged the boat through the tunnel.
    2. leg it, [Informal.]to walk rapidly or run:We'd better leg it or we'll be late for class.
    3. leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.
    legless, adj. 
    leglike′, adj. 
    • Old Norse leggr
    • 1225–75; 1915–20 for def. 10; Middle English

    1. legal.
    2. Religionlegate.
    3. Music and Dancelegato.
    4. legend.
    5. Governmentlegislation.
    6. Governmentlegislative.
    7. Governmentlegislature.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    leg /lɛɡ/ n
    1. either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
    2. this part of an animal, esp the thigh, used for food: leg of lamb
    3. something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair
    4. a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object
    5. the part of a garment that covers the leg
    6. a section or part of a journey or course
    7. a single stage, lap, length, etc, in a relay race
    8. either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed
    9. either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
    10. one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games
    11. the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
    12. (as modifier): a leg slip, leg stump
    13. have legsinformal to be successful or show the potential to succeed
    14. not have a leg to stand onto have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument
    15. on its last legsworn out; exhausted
    16. pull someone's leginformal to tease, fool, or make fun of someone
    17. shake a leginformal to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
    18. stretch one's legs
      See stretch
    vb (legs, legging, legged)
    1. leg itinformal to walk, run, or hurry
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse leggr, of obscure origin

    leg. abbreviation for
    1. legato

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