leg


leg
legless, adj.leglike, adj.
/leg/, n., v., legged, legging.
n.
1. either 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. Anat. the 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. the part of a garment that covers the leg: the leg of a stocking; trouser leg.
5. one of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture.
6. one of the sides of a forked object, as of a compass or pair of dividers.
7. one of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.
8. a timber, bar, or the like, serving to prop or shore up a structure.
9. one of the flanges of an angle iron.
10. one of the distinct sections of any course: the last leg of a trip.
11. Naut.
a. one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship.
b. one straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
12. Sports.
a. one of a designated number of contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner.
b. one of the stretches or sections of a relay race.
13. 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.
14. Cricket.
a. 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.
b. the fielder playing this part of the field.
c. the position of this fielder.
15. Elect. a component or branch of a circuit, network, antenna, etc.
16. Radio and Television. a connecting link between stations in a network, as the microwave relays used in transmitting a show from one geographical area to another.
17. bride2 (def. 1).
18. leg up,
a. a means of help or encouragement; assist; boost: Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam.
b. advantage; edge.
19. 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.
20. on one's or its last legs, just short of exhaustion, breakdown, failure, etc.: The aristocracy was on its last legs.
21. pull someone's leg,
a. to make fun of someone; tease.
b. to deceive someone; trick someone.
22. shake a leg, Informal.
a. to hurry up.
b. Older Use. to dance.
23. 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.
24. to move or propel (a boat) with the legs: They legged the boat through the tunnel.
25. leg it, Informal. to walk rapidly or run: We'd better leg it or we'll be late for class.
26. leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.
[1225-75; 1915-20 for def. 10; ME < ON leggr]

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In a biped, the lower limb, jointed at the knee, supporting the body and used for walking and running.

Its bones are the femur (thighbone), the longest bone in the human body; patella (kneecap); tibia (shin); and fibula. The biceps muscle of the thigh bends the leg; the quadriceps straightens it.

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  limb or appendage of an animal, used to support the body, provide locomotion, and, in modified form, assist in capturing and eating prey (as in certain shellfish, spiders, and insects). In four-limbed vertebrates all four appendages are commonly called legs, but in bipedal animals, including humans, only the posterior or lower two are so called.

      The bones of the human leg, like those of other mammals, consist of a basal segment, the femur (thighbone); an intermediate segment, the tibia (shinbone) and the smaller fibula; and a distal segment, the pes ( foot), consisting of tarsals, metatarsals, and phalanges (toes).

      For the actions of the major muscles of the mammalian leg, see adductor muscle; biceps muscle; gastrocnemius muscle; gluteus muscles (gluteus muscle); quadriceps femoris muscle; sartorius muscle; soleus muscle.

      In birds and bats the foreleg has evolved into the wing. Various other adaptations of the leg include modifications for swimming, digging, leaping, and running, as seen in the porpoise, the mole, the kangaroo, and the horse, respectively. The appendages of many invertebrates are also known as legs.

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Universalium. 2010.

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