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Dictionary Definition

leg

Noun

1 a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part between the knee and ankle
2 a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
3 one of the supports for a piece of furniture
4 a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of the branches"; "they took the south fork" [syn: branch, fork, ramification]
5 the limb of an animal used for food
6 a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg [syn: peg, wooden leg, pegleg]
7 cloth covering consisting of the part of a garment that covers the leg
8 (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
9 a section or portion of a journey or course; "then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise" [syn: stage]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From leggr (Swedish lägg, Icelandic leggur).

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The limb of a human or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle.
  2. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
  3. A stage of a journey.
  4. In the context of "nautical": A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  5. One side of a multiple-sided (often a triangle) course in a sailing race.
  6. A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
  7. One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse
  8. A rod-like protrusion of an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath.

Translations

limb
part of garment covering the leg
stage of journey
(nautical) distance done without changing the sails from one side to the other
  • Finnish: legi
(nautical) side of a route in a sailing race
  • Finnish: legi
game played in a tournament
side in a triangle
  • Finnish: kateetti
  • Portuguese: cateto
  • Russian: катет
  • Swedish: katet

Derived terms

See also

Verb

  1. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  2. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  3. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.

Derived terms

Danish

Noun

leg
  1. play
  2. roe (of fish)

Dutch

Verb

leg
  1. (first-person singular indicative present tense of leggen) lay, put

German

Verb

leg(e)
  1. (first-person singular indicative present tense of legen) lay, put

Icelandic

Noun

leg (leg-s, leg)

Romanian

Pronunciation

Verb

leg

Swedish

Noun

leg (also legg)
  1. Short form of legitimation: any kind of ID card.

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English leg.

Noun

leg

Synonyms

  • ngar (western dialect)

Extensive Definition

A leg is a limb on an animal's body that supports the rest of the animal above the ground between the ankle and the hip and is used for locomotion. The end of the leg furthest from the animal's body is often either modified or attached to another structure that is modified to disperse the animal's weight on the ground (see foot). In bipedal vertebrate animals, the two lower limbs are usually referred to as the 'legs' and the two upper limbs as the 'arms' or 'wings' as the case may be.
Legs typically come in even-numbered quantities. Many taxonomic groups are characterized by the number of legs its members possess.

Evolution

The leg has evolved several times, most significantly among arthropods (crustaceans, insects, arachnids, et cetera) and vertebrates. In both cases, they are thought to have first evolved for locomotion underwater, then have been exploited for movement over land.

See also

leg in Czech: Noha
leg in Pennsylvania German: Beh
leg in German: Untere Extremität
leg in Estonian: Jalg
leg in Spanish: Pata
leg in Esperanto: Gambo
leg in Basque: Hanka
leg in Persian: پا
leg in French: Membre inférieur humain
leg in Korean: 다리 (동물)
leg in Italian: Arto inferiore
leg in Latin: Crus
leg in Latvian: Kāja
leg in Lithuanian: Apatinės galūnės
leg in Dutch: Been (ledemaat)
leg in Japanese: 脚
leg in Narom: Gambe
leg in Polish: Kończyna dolna
leg in Portuguese: Perna
leg in Russian: Нога
leg in Simple English: Leg
leg in Finnish: Jalka
leg in Swedish: Ben (extremitet)
leg in Thai: ขา
leg in Chinese: 腿

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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