Webster 1913 Edition
leggr; akin to Dan.
lægcalf of the leg, Sw.
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.
That which resembles a leg in form or use; especially, any long and slender support on which any object rests;
legof a table; the
legof a pair of compasses or dividers.
The part of any article of clothing which covers the leg;
legof a stocking or of a pair of trousers
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
legin thanks for a favor he never received.
A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks.
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
The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
A good leg
a course sailed on a tack which is near the desired course.–
escape from custody by flight.
Legs of an hyperbola(or other curve)
the branches of the curve which extend outward indefinitely.–
Legs of a triangle,
the sides of a triangle; – a name seldom used unless one of the sides is first distinguished by some appropriate term;
as, the hypotenuse and two.
legsof a right-angled triangle
On one’s legs,
standing to speak.–
On one's last legs.
To have legs
to have speed.–
To stand on one's own legs,
to support one's self; to be independent.
To use as a leg, with it as object:
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The limb of an animal, used in supporting the body and in walking and running; properly, that part of the limb from the knee to the foot, but in a more general sense, the whole limb, including the thigh, the leg and the foot.
2.The long or slender support of any thing; as the leg of a table.
To make a leg, to bow; a phrase introduced probably by the practice of drawing the right leg backward. [Little used.]
To stand on one's own legs, to support one's self; to trust to one's own strength or efforts without aid.