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Definitions of leg

  1. a part of a forked or branching shape; " he broke off one of the branches"; " they took the south fork"
  2. a section or portion of a journey or course; " then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"
  3. ( nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
  4. a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
  5. cloth covering consisting of the part of a garment that covers the leg
  6. one of the supports for a piece of furniture
  7. a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part between the knee and ankle
  8. a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
  9. the limb of an animal used for food
  10. 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.
  11. That which resembles a leg in form or use; especially, any long and slender support on which any object rests; as, the leg of a table; the leg of a pair of compasses or dividers.
  12. A bow, esp. in the phrase to make a leg; probably from drawing the leg backward in bowing.
  13. A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
  14. The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks.
  15. The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
  16. A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
  17. To use as a leg, with it as object
  18. To bow.
  19. To run.
  20. Either side of a triangle of a triangle as distinguished from the base or, in a right triangle, from the hypotenuse; also, an indefinitely extending branch of a curve, as of a hyperbola.
  21. A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
  22. A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
  23. An extension of the boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; - called also water leg.
  24. One of the limbs by which men and animals walk; anything resembling this limb; as, the leg of a chair; a covering for a lower limb.
  25. The lower extremity; specifically the segment of the lower extremity between the knee and the ankle.
  26. Largest limb of the human body, affording power of locomotion.
  27. One of the limbs by which animals walk: a long, slender support of anything, as of a table.
  28. Limb by which men and animals walk; support for a table, & c.
  29. A supporting limb of an animal or something analogous to it; as, the leg of a stocking; the leg of a table; a support.
  30. A limb by which an animal walks; that part of the limb from the knee to the foot; that which covers the leg; the long or slender support of anything; the side of a triangle. To stand on one's own legs, to depend on one's own efforts without aid.
  31. The limb of an animal which supports the body; that by which anything is supported, as the leg of a table.
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Usage examples for leg

  1. To prevent a repetition of the offence his owner sent for his surgeon, and desired him to cut off the man's leg. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  2. The Captain struck a light upon his leg. – The Slave Of The Lamp by Henry Seton Merriman
  3. We shouldn't, in truth, have had a leg to stand on, and we couldn't fight it. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  4. And as for you, my boy, you haven't got a leg to stand on. – VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea by David Christie Murray
  5. An' it wasn't for not'ing, you're gettin' rheumateez on de leg las' fall! – The Habitant and Other French-Canadian Poems by William Henry Drummond
  6. Then the new leg was put in place. – The Story of a White Rocking Horse by Laura Lee Hope
  7. Why, the country wouldn't have a leg to stand on. – Silas Marner The Weaver of Raveloe by George Eliot
  8. Captain Wood was shot through the leg. – Notes of a staff officer of our First New Jersey Brigade on the Seven Day's Battle on the peninsula in 1862 by E. Burd Grubb
  9. I won't have my leg pulled. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. I said that I was sorry I didn't have a leg or two gone, but it couldn't be helped. – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  11. Would I take off a man's leg? – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  12. I reckon you'd have got your leg all right again without having to lose it. – His Big Opportunity by Amy Le Feuvre
  13. If you once threw a leg over that blue roan, I can see where some of us would do some riding. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  14. He walked rather slowly upstairs, lifting one brown leg after the other thoughtfully from step to step, till he was outside the drawing- room door. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  15. A moment after a ball passed through his right leg. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  16. But his game leg betrayed him again. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  17. There's the table leg you hit him with! – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  18. At the first shot its leg was broken; at the second, it fell dead. – Tales Of Puritan Land Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Volume 4. by Charles M. Skinner
  19. By the way, he was the man Jack led over the high bank, where the poor fellow's leg was broken. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
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