• WordNet 3.6
    • n thigh the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
    • n thigh the upper joint of the leg of a fowl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
    • Thigh (Zoöl) The coxa, or femur, of an insect.
    • Thigh (Anat) The proximal segment of the hind limb between the knee and the trunk. See Femur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "sartors") at work.
    • n thigh That part of the leg which is between the hip and the knee in man, and the corresponding part of the hind limb of other animals; the femoral region, determined by the extent of the thigh-bone or femur; the femur. The fleshy mass of the thigh consists of three groups of muscles: the extensors of the leg, in front; the flexors of the leg, behind; the adductors of the thigh, on the inner side—together with a part of the gluteal muscles, extended on to the thigh from the buttocks. The line of the groin definitely separates the thigh from the belly in front; and the transverse fold of the buttocks (the gluteofemoral crease) similarly limits the thigh behind when the leg is extended. The inner or adductorial muscles are especially well developed in women. The thigh of most mammals and birds is buried in the flesh of what appears to be the trunk; so that the first joint of the hind leg which protrudes from the body is beyond the knee-joint. There are some exceptions to this rule, as the thigh of the camel and elephant. Many reptiles and batrachians have extensive thighs well marked from the trunk, as ordinary lizards, frogs, uewts, etc. No thigh is recognized as such in fishes. See cuts under muscle and Plantigrada.
    • n thigh In ornithology: The flank, or the feathers overlying this region of the body, corresponding to the thigh proper, which is deeply buried in the common integument of the body.
    • n thigh Loosely, the next joint of the leg; the crus; the drumstick: especially said when the feathers of this part are conspicuous in length or in color, as the “flag” of a hawk.
    • n thigh In entomology, the third joint or segment of any one of the six or eight legs of a true insect, or of an arachnidan; the femur, between the trochanter and the tibia or shank. In some insects, as grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, and such saltatorial forms, the thigh is much enlarged, and forms with the tibia a letter A, reaching high above the body; such thighs are technically called incrassate femora. The three pairs of thighs of a six-legged insect are distinguished as anterior, middle, and posterior. See cut under coxa.
    • n thigh The lower and larger part of the stalk of a plant; the stock or trunk.
    • thigh To carve (a pigeon or other small bird).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An eighteenth-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as the little man of Nuremberg, played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall.
    • n Thigh thī the thick fleshy part of the leg from the knee to the trunk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thi, þih, þeh, AS. þeóh,; akin to OFries. thiach, D. dij, dije, OHG. dioh, thioh, Icel. þjō, thigh, rump, and probably to Lith. taukas, fat of animals, tukti, to become fat, Russ. tuke, fat of animals. √56
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. theó, theóh; Ice. thjó, Old High Ger. deoh.


In literature:

His left hand rested upon the twin of it, in a holster at his thigh.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
M. Labbe himself was hit by two arrows in the thigh, and on the leg by a stone.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It swung heavy as a mallet by his thigh.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Armour to protect the thighs.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Colonel Crabbe sustained injuries to wrist and thigh, but was not dangerously wounded.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Pete Tolliver's forty-four hung in a scabbard along the girl's thigh.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Across his wrists and thighs he felt straps binding him to the cot.
"Monkey On His Back" by Charles V. De Vet
If one cannot be got at once, apply mustard poultices to the feet and thighs, leeches to the temples, and hot water to the feet.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
I may reach out and touch the flesh of her thighs.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
His right, the palm half open, rested on the edge of the table just above his thigh.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames

In poetry:

The King of kings, the Lord most high,
Writes his own name upon his thigh
He wears a garment dipped in blood,
And breaks the nations with his rod.
"Hymn 147" by Isaac Watts
And prophets loud on the burned dunes;
Insects and valleys hold her thighs hard,
Times and places grip her breast bone,
She is breaking with seasons and clouds;
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Now waggles the leg, and now wriggles the thigh,
As the troop with strange gestures advance,
And a rattle and clatter anon rises high,
As of one beating time to the dance.
"The Dance Of Death" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The sovereign King of kings,
The Lord of lords most high,
Writes his own name upon
His garment and his thigh:
His name is called The Word of God;
He rules the earth with iron rod.
"Hymn 148" by Isaac Watts
A flame in her arms and in each finger flame,
And flame in her bosom, flame above, below,
The curve of climbing flame in her waist and her thighs;
From foot to head did flame into red flame flow.
"The Body" by John Freeman
For who, their sandal-scented breasts perceiving,
Their white pearls--weaving with the saffron stars
Girdles and diadems--their gold and gems
Linked upon waist and thigh, in Love's soft snares
Is not caught unawares?
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

8 bone-in chicken thighs with skin (6 ounces each).
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. A boy who was shot in the thigh during a massacre in an Afghan village in March has testified that an American had attacked them and put a gun in his sister's mouth.
McPheese (thigh) is active for Sunday's game against Washington, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is practicing on a limited basis after leaving Sunday's victory over the New York Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries.
Rachel's leapfrogging efforts on Mission Bay's soft sand tested her glute and thigh muscles to their limit.
Skinless, boneless thighs also work well in this vibrant, herb-packed stew.
He would have played in the first Test as part of a three-man seam attack if he had not injured his thigh and he bowled exceptionally well in England's one-day series in India last year.
San Antonio police said the woman was not wearing any clothes and appeared to have bruising around the throat and scratch marks on her upper inner thighs.
"Budda Oh My Thigh," he tweeted.
Tone your trouble zones with these lab-tested ab, butt and thigh exercises.
8 medium chicken thighs (about 2 3/4 pounds).
Thankful for My Turkey Thighs and Many Other Things.
Pies 'n' Thighs 166 South 4th Street Brooklyn, N.
Morrow says just a few hours later, around 11 pm, a woman was shot with a dart in the thigh near 14th and O Streets.
6 chicken thighs (with bone & skin).

In science:

To draw just one consequence of this, consider the physical three-volume at two temperatures, Tlow and Thigh (Tlow < Thigh ), in each subset of bubbles.
Bubble collisions and measures of the multiverse
We have adopted the average of electron temperatures obtained from [N i i], [S i i], and [O i i] lines as representative for the low ionization zone, Tlow = 10000±400 K, and the average of the values obtained from [O i i i], [S i i i], and [Ar i i i] lines for the high ionization zone, Thigh = 8320±40 K.
A reappraisal of the chemical composition of the Orion nebula based on VLT echelle spectrophotometry
N+ , O+ , S+ , and Cl+ ) and Thigh = 8320±40 K for the high-ionization-potential ions (O++ , Ne++ , S++ , Cl++ , Cl3+ , Ar++ , and Ar3+ ).
A reappraisal of the chemical composition of the Orion nebula based on VLT echelle spectrophotometry
We have adopted Thigh for C++ , O++ , N++ , and Ne++ ; Tlow for O+ and N+ .
A reappraisal of the chemical composition of the Orion nebula based on VLT echelle spectrophotometry
This is the very last section being written (wherever it may appear in the final paper), and we are getting tired, so all you get are about 10 NASA bullets, less well aimed than some other sorts (though not so badly as the Jezail that simultaneously hit the shoulder and thigh of Dr.
Astrophysics in 2006