AskDefine | Define legs

Dictionary Definition

legs n : staying power; "that old Broadway play really has legs"

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  1. Plural of leg
  2. eleven


  1. third-person singular of leg





Extensive Definition

A leg is a limb on an animal's body that supports the rest of the animal above the ground between the ankle and the hip and is used for locomotion. The end of the leg furthest from the animal's body is often either modified or attached to another structure that is modified to disperse the animal's weight on the ground (see foot). In bipedal vertebrate animals, the two lower limbs are usually referred to as the 'legs' and the two upper limbs as the 'arms' or 'wings' as the case may be.
Legs typically come in even-numbered quantities. Many taxonomic groups are characterized by the number of legs its members possess.


The leg has evolved several times, most significantly among arthropods (crustaceans, insects, arachnids, et cetera) and vertebrates. In both cases, they are thought to have first evolved for locomotion underwater, then have been exploited for movement over land.

See also

legs in Czech: Noha
legs in Pennsylvania German: Beh
legs in German: Untere Extremität
legs in Estonian: Jalg
legs in Spanish: Pata
legs in Esperanto: Gambo
legs in Basque: Hanka
legs in Persian: پا
legs in French: Membre inférieur humain
legs in Korean: 다리 (동물)
legs in Italian: Arto inferiore
legs in Latin: Crus
legs in Latvian: Kāja
legs in Lithuanian: Apatinės galūnės
legs in Dutch: Been (ledemaat)
legs in Japanese: 脚
legs in Narom: Gambe
legs in Polish: Kończyna dolna
legs in Portuguese: Perna
legs in Russian: Нога
legs in Simple English: Leg
legs in Finnish: Jalka
legs in Swedish: Ben (extremitet)
legs in Thai: ขา
legs in Chinese: 腿
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