Meaning of LEG in English


— legless , adj. — leglike , adj.

/leg/ , n. , v. , legged, legging .


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. bride 2 (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.


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 leggr ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .