legging

Definitions

  • "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
    "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n legging a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Charlie snatched up one of the legs of pork." "Charlie snatched up one of the legs of pork."
Gluing-Up a Four-Legged Stand Gluing-Up a Four-Legged Stand
A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on...
Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg
Hung by One Pant Leg 265 Hung by One Pant Leg 265
Three Legged-Stool Three Legged-Stool
The Legs Fold on the Under Side of Top The Legs Fold on the Under Side of Top
The bear chief changes the boys' arms and legs The bear chief changes the boys' arms and legs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs
    • Legging a. & vb. n., from Leg v. t.
    • n Legging A cover for the leg, like a long gaiter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Centipedes always have an uneven pairs of walking legs
    • n legging An outer and extra covering for the leg, usually for cold weather or rough traveling. It commonly has the form of a long gaiter extending to the knee, but for special purposes and sometimes for children to the thigh. Often pronounced and sometimes written leggin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male seagulls have red legs.
    • ns Legging an outer and extra gaiter-like covering for the legs
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Quotations

  • Walter Abish
    Walter Abish
    “America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.”
  • George Orwell
    George%20Orwell
    “Four legs good, two legs bad.”
  • John Le Carre
    John Le Carre
    “A committee is an animal with four back legs.”
  • Spike Milligan
    Spike Milligan
    “I'm a hero with coward's legs.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “The legs are the wheels of creativity.”
  • Thomas Fuller
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    “A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.”

Idioms

Arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
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Break a leg - This idiom is a way of wishing someone good luck.
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Crooked as a dog's hind leg - Someone who is very dishonest is as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
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Does a one-legged duck swim in circles? - (USA) (US Southern) This is a response given to an unnecessary question for which the obvious answer is yes. Example: If you were to ask an Olympic archer whether she could put an arrow in an apple at ten yards, she could answer: "Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?"('Do one-legged ducks swim in circles?' is also used.)
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Give someone a leg up - If you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone.
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Hollow leg - Someone who has a hollow leg eats what seems to be more than his stomach can hold.
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It cost an arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
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On your last legs - If someone's on their last legs, they're close to dying.
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Pull someone's leg - If you pull someone's leg, you tease them, but not maliciously.
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Sea legs - If you are getting your sea legs, it takes you a while to get used to something new.
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Shake a leg - If you shake a leg, you are out of bed and active. It can be used to tell someone to hurry up.
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Talk the hind legs off a donkey - A person who is excessively or extremely talkative can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
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Talk the legs off an iron pot - (AU) Somebody who is excessively talkative or is especially convincing is said to talk the legs off an iron pot. ('Talk the legs off an iron chair' is also used)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Leg
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. leggr, a leg; Dan. læg, Sw. lägg.

Usage

In literature:

And it is interesting to note that at this early date, even the arms and legs are beginning to bud and push out from the body.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
It was the man he'd left in Ward Five with a broken leg.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
Her long gray skirt had parted to display her shapely, gray-satined legs.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Another had two legs but no arms, and another two arms but no legs.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Be practice," he thought; "I may have to shoot at two-legged thieves.
"The Black Tor" by George Manville Fenn
That's not right: I said take hold with your knees, not the calves of your legs.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
Then, giving his leg a heavy slap, his face expanded into a grin of welcome.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
In vain I tried to work my way up the sands with my arms and legs.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
I tried to stretch my legs; I found that I could not move them.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
Chains and ropes were thrown over his back, and around his legs.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
His leg was in splints.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
Patient lying on table; uninjured leg held by assistant; leg of dislocated side at right angles; note weight at bend of knee.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
He was dressed in furs, even his legs were wrapped in fur leggings.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
His frying-pan hung behind his leg, and his rifle lay across the saddle in front of him.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
But she was very careful about his stiff leg.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
His arms were bent up at the elbows; his legs at the knees.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
He grasped one of the piston-like legs and sank his teeth into it.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Rick balanced on one leg, one hand on Scotty's shoulder, the other hand fumbling with the shoelace on his lifted foot.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
In the melee one union picket was shot thru the leg.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
I kant tell now whether a goose stands on one leg so mutch to rest the leg az to rest the goose.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
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In poetry:

His opponents the laurel must certainly yield,
When he, with three legs, was equipp'd for the field;
For who could be better prepar'd for a fray?
With one he could fight, or with two run away.
"The Triumvirate" by William Hutton
When a wean begins to nod an' spurls wi' legs an' han's
Auld Johnnie Noddle at the window stan's,
Pits his face against the peen to see what he can see,
For Auld Johnnie Noddle—a queer man is he.
"Auld Johnnie Noddle" by Alexander Anderson
"My handsome boy must stoop his head
To clear her door whom he would wed."
Weak praise, but fondly sung!
"O mother! scholars sometimes fail —
And what can foot and leg avail
To him that wants a tongue!"
"Supper at the Mill" by Jean Ingelow
"I am afraid," she wrote to me,
"That you must have bees sure surprised
At my poor penmanship . . . You see,
My arms and legs are paralyzed:
With pen held in a sort of sheath
I do my writing with my teeth."
"My Favourite Fan" by Robert W Service
Out on the lake, a girl would laugh.
"Sister, here is your porridge, sister,"
I would call; and the reeds would whisper,
"Go to sleep, go to sleep, little swan."
My legs were all hard and webbed, and the silky
"The Black Swan" by Randall Jarrell
"No matter wot they say, 'e only grins,"
Sez Poole. "'E's rather wobbly on 'is pins.
Seems like a soldier bloke. An' Peter Begg
'E sez one leg
Works be machinery, but I dunno.
I only know 'e's there an' 'e won't go.
"Digger Smith" by C J Dennis

In news:

A triathlete removes his cap while sprinting out of the water to start the cycling leg of the 18th annual Beaver Lake Triathlon on Aug 20.
Hands down (and legs around), Bonnie Morgan has one of the most twisted gigs in town.
Nats' Rizzo aiming to get a leg up in arms race .
Hamilton to sit awhile after 'playing on one leg'.
Here's a crazy, yet likely, scenario: Luol Deng will return to play with a torn ligament in his left wrist before Richard Hamilton does the same with his leg ailments.
Recently, we started putting them in the bottom brackets of our awning legs.
A local man who lost both legs in Afghanistan said South African sprinter Oscar.
Nov 19, 2012 Lloyd Barker and Brendan Dunlop discuss Sunday's second legs of the MLS Conferen.
Ryan McIntosh, a 23-year-old Afghanistan war veteran, stepped on a land mine and had to have his right leg amputated.
The baseball that dribbled between the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner during the 10th inning of Game Six of the 1986 World Series, which gave the New York Mets the win.
The leg is connected to neurons in Zac Vawter hamstring, so the leg reacts to his thoughts.
Left leg for lefties and right leg for right handers.
Tyner Dumortier and Nicholas Sciscione of 10 Hairy Legs Courtesy 10 Hairy Legs.
Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson might miss the first leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals against Real Salt Lake on Friday with a hamstring strain but should be able to play in the second leg on Nov 8 in Utah.
Quink said he's waiting for his right lower leg to heal enough that doctors can fit him with a second artificial leg.
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In science:

The outcoming leg serves as root for the blossom tree while the incoming one is replaced by a leaf.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
This remaining leaf is replaced by an incoming leg while the root becomes an outcoming one.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
We may now define the generating function Rn for two-leg diagrams with weight gk per 2k-valent vertex and with legs at a geodesic distance less or equal to n.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
In the following, we will also make use of the generating function R for two-leg diagrams without restriction on the geodesic distance.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Note that the 2i-leg diagrams need not be connected in general.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Returning to the graph interpretation, it is identified via the bijection of Sect.2.1 as the generating function for two-leg diagrams with an outcoming leg attached to a 2i-valent vertex and adjacent to the same (external) face as the incoming leg.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Such two-leg diagrams are in bijection with the 2i-leg diagrams defined above.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Note that 2i-leg diagrams need not be connected except for i = 1 and may split into connected 2j -leg diagrams with some j ’s summing to i.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
R is simply the generating function for two-leg diagrams with arbitrary geodesic distance between the legs).
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
These rooted graphs are in bijection with two-leg diagrams with both legs in the same (external) face, as readily seen by gluing the two legs counterclockwise around the diagram into a rooted edge oriented from the outcoming leg to the incoming one.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
In this paper, we have explicitly constructed various sets of conserved quantities for the (integrable) master equation which determines the generating function Rn for two-leg diagrams with vertices of even valences.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
Note that in the kappa–symmetry gauge under consideration the only G3 flux components which appear in the Dirac Lagrangian are those which have one or three legs in the directions orthogonal to the D3 brane, while the contributions of the dilaton φ derivative vanishes.
An index for the Dirac operator on D3 branes with background fluxes
Gmnp ≡ Fmnp − τ Hmnp that have all legs in the compact 3d complex space, and we will consider the axion–dilaton τ = C(0) + ie−φ as a constant that is fixed by fluxes.
An index for the Dirac operator on D3 branes with background fluxes
But this means that, if r, s, t are chosen to be the lengths of the legs of the tripod (that is, a = r + s, b = s + t, c = r + t), then d(w, x) ≤ 2s + δ .
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
W-exchange diagram, with the s¯s pair attached to any of the quark legs via a gluon.
W-exchange/Annihilation amplitudes in LCSR - $B_d^0 \to D_s^-K^+$ as an example
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