leg


leg
leg [leg]
n.
[ME < ON leggr, a leg, limb < IE base * lek-, limb > L lacertus, muscle, lacerta, lizard]
1. one of the parts of the body by means of which animals stand and walk, specif., in human beings,
a) one of the lower limbs
b) Anat. the part of either lower limb from the knee to the foot
2. a cut of meat consisting of the leg or its lower part
3. the part of a stocking, slacks, etc. that covers the leg
4. anything that resembles a leg in shape or use; specif.,
a) a bar or pole used as a support or prop
b) any of the supports of a piece of furniture
c) any of the branches of a forked or jointed object
5. the run made by a sailing vessel on one tack
6. any of the stages of a journey or other course
7. [pl.] Slang a sustained ability to attract audiences: said as of a film
8. Cricket that part of the field which lies to the left and back of the batsman
9. Math. either of the sides of a triangle other than its base or, in a right-angled triangle, its hypotenuse
vi.
legged, legging
Informal to walk or run: chiefly in the phr. leg it
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get up on one's hind legs
Informal to become assertive, belligerent, etc.
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give a leg up Informal
1. to help to mount
2. to help advance
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not have a leg to stand on
Informal to have absolutely no defense, excuse, or justification
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on one's last legs or on its last legs
Informal not far from exhaustion, death, breakdown, etc.
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pull someone's leg
Informal to make fun of or fool by playing on a person's credulity
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shake a leg Slang
1. to hurry
2. to dance
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stretch one's legs
to walk, esp. after sitting a long time
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take to one's legs
to run away
legless
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Leg — (l[e^]g), n. [Icel. leggr; akin to Dan. l[ae]g calf of the leg, Sw. l[ a]gg.] 1. A limb or member of an animal used for supporting the body, and in running, climbing, and swimming; esp., that part of the limb between the knee and foot. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leg — ► NOUN 1) each of the limbs on which a person or animal moves and stands. 2) a long, thin support or prop, especially of a chair or table. 3) a section of a journey, process, or race. 4) (in sport) each of two or more games or stages constituting …   English terms dictionary

  • leg*/*/*/ — [leg] noun [C] 1) one of the parts of a person s or animal s body to which the feet are attached an exercise to strengthen the leg muscles[/ex] She sat down and crossed her legs.[/ex] 2) the part of a piece of clothing that covers one of your… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • legʷh- —     legʷh     English meaning: light (adj.)     Deutsche Übersetzung: “leicht in Bewegung and Gewicht”, verbal ‘sich leicht, flink bewegen”     Note: nasalized lengʷh     Material: 1. O.Ind. laghu , ved. raghu “rash, hasty, light, small”, compar …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • Leg — * Lêg, er, este, oder Lêge, r, ste, adj. et adv. welches nur in einigen gemeinen Mundarten üblich ist, wo es eigentlich niedrig bedeutet, in welchem Verstande es vorzüglich im Niederdeutschen vorkommt. Das Wasser ist leg, niedrig. Leges Wasser… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • leg-1 —     leg 1     English meaning: to drip, ooze, flow out     Deutsche Übersetzung: “tröpfeln, sickern, zergehen”     Material: Arm. lič ‘swamp, marsh” (*lēgi̯ ü); O.Ir. legaim “löse mich auf, zergehe, schmelze”, fo llega “(die ink) running from”,… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • leĝ- —     leĝ     English meaning: to gather     Deutsche Übersetzung: “zusammenlesen, sammeln”     Material: Gk. λέγω ‘sammle, lese together, zähle, rede, say”, καταλέγω “verzeichne”, συλλογή ‘sammlung”, ἐκλογή “Auswahl”, λόγος, λέξις “ discourse “,… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • Leg — (l[e^]g), v. t. To use as a leg, with it as object: (a) To bow. [Obs.] (b) To run. [Low] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leg. — leg. 〈Abk. für ital.〉 legato * * * leg. = ↑ legato. * * * leg. = legato …   Universal-Lexikon

  • leg-up — leg ,up noun singular 1. ) INFORMAL if you give someone a leg up, you help them to make progress, especially in their career 2. ) if you give someone a leg up, you help them climb something by letting them put their foot in your hands and then… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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