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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun leg:

conversational speech72.97%task-oriented speech27.03% imaginative writing75.15%informational writing24.85%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun leg:


The word leg is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun leg

What does leg mean as a name of something?

Leg is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: legs

  1. a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
  2. a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic word: limb = one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing
    • more specific terms:
      • prehensor = the anterior pair of legs of a centipede that are modified to seize prey and inject venom from the toxicognaths
      • animal leg = the leg of an animal
    • part: pedal extremity / vertebrate foot = the extremity of the limb in vertebrates
  3. one of the supports for a piece of furniture
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: support = any device that bears the weight of another thing
    • part of: chair = a seat for one person, with a support for the back; camp bed / cot = a small bed that folds up for storage or transport; four-poster = a bed with posts at the four corners that can be used to support a canopy or curtains; grand / grand piano = a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; hospital bed = a single bed with a frame in three sections so the head or middle or foot can be raised as required; spinning wheel = a small domestic spinning machine with a single spindle that is driven by hand or foot; table = a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs; tripod = a three-legged rack used for support
  4. a part of a forked or branching shape
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of leg: branch / ramification
    • more generic word: subfigure = a figure that is a part of another figure
    • more specific words:
      • bifurcation = a bifurcating branch
      • brachium = a branching or armlike part of an animal
      • crotch / fork = the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
    • part of: forking / furcation = the place where something divides into branches
  5. the limb of an animal used for food
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: cut / cut of meat = a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
    • more specific terms:
  6. a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
  7. a cloth covering consisting of the part of a pair of trousers that covers a person's leg
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: cloth covering = a covering made of cloth
    • more specific terms: trouser leg / pant leg = the leg of a pair of trousers
    • part of: pair of trousers / pant / trousers = a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
    • parts:
      • turnup / cuff = the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
      • foot = a support resembling a pedal extremity
      • knee = the part of a trouser leg that provides the cloth covering for the knee
  8. (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
  9. a section or portion of a journey or course
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of leg: stage
    • more generic words: travel / traveling / travelling = the act of going from one place to another
    • more specific word: fare-stage = a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same
    • part of: journey / journeying = the act of traveling from one place to another

Alternative definition of the noun leg


  1. The lower limb of a human being or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle.
  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.
  4. A stage of a journey, race etc.
  5. [nautical] A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  6. [nautical] One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
  7. A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
  8. One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  9. A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath.
  10. [context: usually used in plural] evidence, the ability of a thing or idea to stick around or persist

Specialised definition of the noun leg

Glossary of sports

a part of the body with which a person or animal walks and stands (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

one of the parts of a relay race that a single athlete completes (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

one of several stages, events or games that is part of a larger competition but is treated independently of the other parts and has its own winner (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

either of two games in a competition played between two football teams, one game being played at home, the other away. The aggregate score of the two games determines the overall winner of the round. (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the part of a cricket field that lies on the left of and behind a right-handed batsman as he or she stands in position to hit the ball (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / athletics

a single athlete's section of a relay (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cricket

that half of the field on the side on which the batsman stands when waiting to receive the ball, separated from the off side by an imaginary line drawn from wicket to wicket (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / darts

one game of a match

Definition of the verb leg

What does leg mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: legged | legging | legs

  1. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  2. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  3. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.


LEG is a vertically integrated talent management, television production, branded entertainment, live exhibition, and digital marketing firm based in Los Angeles, California. The company was established in its current form in 2009 with the merger of Levity Productions, Levity Management, Triage Entertainment, E-Comic Branding, and branded entertainment production company Medium.

  • also known as Levity Entertainment Group


  1. Leg: A leg is a single game in the sport of darts. Most darts matches are played over a number of legs. Alternatively, a match may be divided into sets, with each set being contested often on a first to 3 legs basis.
  2. Leg a.k.a. Leg. is a 2013 Clio Awards winner.
    • also known as Leg Agency, Agence Leg., Agence Leg
    • nomination:
      • nominated to Clio Award for Out of Home - "The Statues"
      • nominated to Clio Award for Branded Entertainment and Content - "Nike Barbershop", with AKQA Paris
      • Clio Award for Branded Entertainment and Content - "Nike Barbershop", with AKQA Paris
    • official website:
  3. Leg a.k.a. Enxet language: Enxet, or Southern Lengua, is a language of the Paraguayan Chaco.
    • also known as Enxet, Lengua Language
  4. Leg: In rallying, a leg is usually each day of the event. For example, in 2005 each WRC event lasted over 3 legs - from Friday over Saturday to Sunday.
  5. Leg: One of the two lower extremities in humans used for locomotion and support.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leg

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Google previewTransport in Multilayered Nanostructures (2006)

The Dynamical Mean-Field Theory Approach by James K Freericks

The right leg is an n-type material and the left leg is a p-type material.

Google previewAirplane Flying Handbook 2nd Edition (2011)

FAA-H-8083-3A by Federal Aviation Administration

The downwind leg is a course flown parallel to the landing runway, but in a direction opposite to the intended landing direction.

Google previewIngenious Mathematical Problems and Methods (1959)

by L. A. Graham

the smaller leg is any odd number, such as 7, the larger leg is the square of ...

Google previewNew Directions in the Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (2015)

by Michael Cholbi, Jukka Varelius

Anyone who does want to rely on that distinction, however, will hold that damaging a healed, perfectly-functioning leg is an act of commission. Anyone who relies on that distinction as it is typically deployed in the context of medical ethics will ...

Google previewCandoninae (Ostracoda) from the Pilbara Region in Western Australia (2007)

by Ivana Karanovic

A 4-segmented walking leg is a character not often seen in the genus. The following four species share the latter feature with A. bluffi: A. nammuldi n. sp., A. newmani (Karanovic, 2005), A. novitas (Karanovic, 2005), and A. weelumurrae n. sp.

Google previewThe Grilling Encyclopedia (1994)

An A-to-Z Compendium of how to Grill Almost Anything

A pork leg roast is often sold as a "fresh ham," which although something of a misnomer, is a name that persists. For more information on this wonderful roast, see Pork, fresh ham, page 188. Pork, leg steak Occasionally, butchers will offer pork ...

Google previewStretching Exercises Encyclopedia (2016)

by Oscar Morán Esquerdo

Legs. Group. 6. Descriptive. anatomy. of. the. leg: biomechanical. introduction. to. the. principal. muscles. M. semimembranosus Gluteus: Maximus, medius, minimus (posterior, superficial and deep) Origin: G. M. semimembranosus ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

The LEG is moved 5th RNAD, or extended Rećtus cruris. Wasti utriqui. Cruralis. Tensor vaginae femoris o. Gluteus maximus *. Dorsap, or inflected b Gracilis. Sartorius. Semitendinosus. Semimembranosus. Biceps cruris. Gemellus. Plantaris.

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Sign language

Romel Show Sign Language for cousin sir allan leg pain happens surprise

sir allan very much pain legs complain troubel shrug up.

Quotes about Leg

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg. (Abraham Lincoln)
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Scrabble value of L1E1G2

The value of this 3-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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