- 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 limbsb) Anat. the part of either lower limb from the knee to the foot2. a cut of meat consisting of the leg or its lower part3. the part of a stocking, slacks, etc. that covers the leg4. anything that resembles a leg in shape or use; specif.,a) a bar or pole used as a support or propb) any of the supports of a piece of furniturec) any of the branches of a forked or jointed object5. the run made by a sailing vessel on one tack6. any of the stages of a journey or other course7. [pl.] Slang a sustained ability to attract audiences: said as of a film8. Cricket that part of the field which lies to the left and back of the batsman9. Math. either of the sides of a triangle other than its base or, in a right-angled triangle, its hypotenusevi.legged, leggingInformal to walk or run: chiefly in the phr. leg it——————get up on one's hind legsInformal to become assertive, belligerent, etc.——————give a leg up Informal1. to help to mount2. to help advance——————not have a leg to stand onInformal to have absolutely no defense, excuse, or justification——————on one's last legs or on its last legsInformal not far from exhaustion, death, breakdown, etc.——————pull someone's legInformal to make fun of or fool by playing on a person's credulity——————shake a leg Slang1. to hurry2. to dance——————stretch one's legsto walk, esp. after sitting a long time——————take to one's legsto run awayleglessadj.
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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