• (British, America) IPA: /lɛɡ/
  • (some US dialects) IPA: /leɪɡ/

leg (plural legs)

  1. The lower limb of a human being or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle.
    Dan won't be able to come to the party, since he broke his leg last week and is now on crutches.
  2. (anatomy) The portion of the lower appendage of a human that extends from the knee to the ankle.
  3. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
    The left leg of these jeans has a tear.
  4. (figurative) Something that supports.
  5. A stage of a journey, race etc.
    After six days, we're finally in the last leg of our cross-country trip.
  6. (nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  7. (nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
  8. (sports) A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
  9. (geometry) One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  10. (geometry) One of the branches of a hyperbola or other curve which extend outward indefinitely.
  11. A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath.
    the legs of a chair or table
  12. (usually used in plural) evidence, the ability for a thing or idea to succeed or persist
  13. (UK, slang, archaic) A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
  14. An extension of a steam 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.
  15. In a grain elevator, the case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
  16. (cricket) A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
  17. (telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
  18. (electrical) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
  19. (finance) An underlying instrument of a derivatives strategy.
  20. (US, slang, military) An army soldier assigned to a paratrooper unit who has not yet been qualified as a paratrooper.
  21. (now, archaic) A gesture of submission; a bow or curtsey. Chiefly in phrase make a leg.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 74:
      Hickman came in, making his legs, and stroking his cravat and ruffles.
Synonyms Verb

leg (legs, present participle legging; past and past participle legged)

  1. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  2. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
  3. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  4. To apply force using the leg (as in 'to leg a horse').


  1. Abbreviation of legislature#English|legislature.
    One argument made a lot in the leg was that the bill would simplify voting.

leg (not comparable)

  1. Abbreviation of legislative#English|legislative.
    The party wants to tackle social issues in the next leg term.

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