• "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
    "She looked a little suspiciously at my muddy legs."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leg a section or portion of a journey or course "then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"
    • n leg (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
    • n leg a cloth covering consisting of the part of a pair of trousers that covers a person's leg
    • n leg one of the supports for a piece of furniture
    • n leg a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
    • n leg a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
    • n leg a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
    • n leg the limb of an animal used for food
    • n leg a part of a forked or branching shape "he broke off one of the branches"
    • ***

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 name "Lego" came from the Danish word LEg Godt, which means "play well."
    • Leg A bow, esp. in the phrase to make a leg; probably from drawing the leg backward in bowing. "He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks for a favor he never received."
    • Leg (Elec) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
    • Leg (Telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
    • Leg A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
    • Leg (Cricket) A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
    • Leg 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.
    • Leg (Steam Boiler) 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.
    • Leg (Math) Either side of a triangle distinguished from the base or, in a right triangle, from the hypotenuse; also, an indefinitely extending branch of a curve, as of a hyperbola.
    • Leg 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.
    • Leg (Grain Elevator) The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
    • Leg (Naut) The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks.
    • Leg The part of any article of clothing which covers the leg; as, the leg of a stocking or of a pair of trousers.
    • v. t Leg lĕg To use as a leg, with it as object
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If a cockroach breaks a leg it can grow another one
    • n leg One of the two lower limbs of man, or any one of the limbs of an animal which support and move the body. Specifically— A lower limb or posterior extremity; a limb which is not an arm or a wing.
    • n leg Some object resembling a leg in use, position, or appearance: as, the legs of a table or chair; the legs of a pair of dividers; the legs of a triangle (the sides, as opposed to the base, especially the sides adjacent to a right angle); the leg of an angle, or of a hyperbola.
    • n leg Hence Something that serves for support, moral or physical.
    • n leg The part of a pair of trousers or drawers, or of a stocking, that covers the leg.
    • n leg In cricket:
    • n leg The part of the field that lies to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler: as, to strike a ball to leg.
    • n leg The fielder who occupies that part of the field known as leg. Also long-leg.
    • n leg A sharper: same as black-leg, 3.
    • n leg Naut.: The run made by a ship on one tack when beating to windward.
    • n leg One of two Small ropes spliced together, by which a buntline or leech-line is fastened to the foot or leech of a sail.
    • leg To pass on; walk or run nimbly: often with an indefinite it.
    • leg To make a reverence.
    • leg An abbreviation of legato.
    • n leg In telephony, a wire used for connecting a subscriber's line directly with the main switchboard.
    • n leg Same as water-leg.
    • n leg In machinery: The movable case which contains the bucket-belt or -conveyer of a grain-elevator.
    • n leg The tube in which the grain is lifted into an elevator.
    • n leg In mining, a peculiar form of quartz-reef, forming a nearly vertical prolongation of the saddle.
    • n leg A tongue-like portion of some geologic formation which projects from the main mass or intrudes others. The term is a local one used in England for such relationship in different drift deposits.
    • n leg A play in which ‘leg-business’ is a prominent feature.
    • n leg His position in the field.
    • n leg An abbreviation of legislative or legislature; of legal; of legate; of the Latin legit, he reads; of legunt, they read.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs
    • n Leg leg one of the limbs by which animals walk: a long, slender support of anything, as of a table:
    • v.i Leg to pass on briskly, often with indef. it.ns. Leg′-bail (see Bail)
    • n Leg leg (fig.) something that supports: in cricket, that part of the field, or that fielder, to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler
    • ***


  • George Orwell
    “Four legs good, two legs bad.”
  • Angel Cordero Jr.
    Angel Cordero Jr.
    “If a horse has four legs, and I'm riding it, I think I can win.”
  • Spike Milligan
    Spike Milligan
    “I'm a hero with coward's legs.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The legs are the wheels of creativity.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.”


Arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
Break a leg - This idiom is a way of wishing someone good luck.
Crooked as a dog's hind leg - Someone who is very dishonest is as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
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.)
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.
Hollow leg - Someone who has a hollow leg eats what seems to be more than his stomach can hold.
It cost an arm and a leg - If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
On your last legs - If someone's on their last legs, they're close to dying.
Pull someone's leg - If you pull someone's leg, you tease them, but not maliciously.
Sea legs - If you are getting your sea legs, it takes you a while to get used to something new.
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.
Talk the hind legs off a donkey - A person who is excessively or extremely talkative can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
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)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. leggr,; akin to Dan. læg, calf of the leg, Sw. lägg,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. leggr, a leg; Dan. læg, Sw. lägg.


In literature:

Specific inflammation of the lymphatic structures usually affects the hind legs; very seldom a fore leg.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Toward fall they become full grown with four strong wings and very powerful hind legs for jumping.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
Had his head struck it, he would have been killed; but his legs came first.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The legs are made first.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
The bill and legs are red.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
I've got more of them on my arms and legs.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
She uses her fore legs like hands, to pass the load of dirt to her hind legs, and then runs backward out of her hole to dump it down behind her.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
He had one leg, the other being supplied by what looked remarkably like a mop-stick.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then she tells her child to kick out with its legs, so as to move forward through the water.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
The hind legs appear to be longer, compared with the front legs, than is usual.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin

In poetry:

The army-surgeons made him limbs:
Said he, 'They're only pegs;
But there's as wooden members quite,
As represent my legs.'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
The snow will dust the roadway,
And load the roofs still more.
I'll stretch my legs a little:
You're there outside the door.
"Meeting" by Boris Pasternak
Old Time sat down in the sun
On a grave-stone—his legs were numb:
"When the boy to his master has run,"
He said, "Heaven's New Year is come!"
"Master and Boy" by George MacDonald
Some paragon with but one head
And no more brains than is allowed;
And between his legs, where once was love,
Monsters to pack the future with.
"War Resisters' Song" by Thomas McGrath
John Gretton well could thrive by trade;
For many a leg he stockings made;
Produc'd two hundred pairs a week,
And yet he ne'er had legs to seek.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton
What do I know of Napoleon?
Now whose leg are you trying to pull?
What did he mean—not tonight Josephine?
He meant that his programme was full.
"The Memory Man" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Alcohooligans, Legs or Breast & The Brite Side.
Police officer's leg broken in I-376 chase, crash.
Teen's leg broken in school bus.
David McKimmey didn't realize his leg had been broken until he tried to stand up.
Suburban Navy nurse gets Bronze Star for risking life to save Marine with RPG in leg.
His 9 year old brother Connor pushes him in a stroller for the run,pulls him on a raft during the swim and pulls him in a cart for the biking leg of the event.
Police say the boy was hit in the right leg by the suspects, who entered the Van Sinderen Avenue home through an unlocked door just after 9 p.m.
In the past two months, mixed martial arts fans might have noticed the letters R-Y-U on the backs, chests and legs of fighters during UFC events.
Bruiser doesn't let the fact that he only has 3 legs slow him down one bit.
For years Milo, my 3 legged Akita was the man of the house.
The animal patterns, leg warmers and even the oversized sunglasses are back in style.
George Bumblebee is a sweet male kitten that came to Sparky with a broken leg.
If you're an outdoor girl (or even an outdoor-for-a-BBQ girl) you probably swear by OFF, the bug spray that literally keeps everything with four legs away from you.
POKER HAND… Squid thinks eight-legged creatures should qualify as a full jury.
A mishap at the grocery store left one woman with an injured leg Monday.

In science:

One leg of an equivalence takes an A-overalgebra Q to hA ⋉ Q, πQ i.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
The other leg takes an algebra over A, hB , πi, to [[B , π ]].
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
The constructions P 7→ hA ⋉ P , πP , ιP i and hB , π , ιi 7→ [[B , π , ι]] are clearly two legs of an equivalence between the categories Pnt[A, V] and Pnt(V ↓ A).
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Among other things, we find a momentum dependent exponential factor to each external vector leg, which the subtracted two-point function is responsible for, as well as a new symplectic tensor multiplying the polarizations of the massless vector.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
The table adapts by shifting legs from the right to the middle.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots