short leg


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short leg

[′shȯrt ′leg]
(engineering)
One of the wires on an electric blasting cap, which has been shortened so that when placed in the borehole, the two splices or connections will not come opposite each other and make a short circuit.
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There was a minute or two of silence; for Peony, whose short legs were never weary, had gone on a pilgrimage again to the other side of the garden.
Nevertheless, airily as she was clad, the child seemed to feel not the slightest inconvenience from the cold, but danced so lightly over the snow that the tips of her toes left hardly a print in its surface; while Violet could but just keep pace with her, and Peony's short legs compelled him to lag behind.
It has white wool, like a sheep, mingled with a thin growth of long hair; but it has short legs, a deep belly, and a beard like a goat.
He was a fat little man, with short legs, young still -- he could not have been more than thirty -- but prematurely bald.
Their shaggy, big-bellied horse, all covered with snow, breathed heavily under the low shaft-bow and, evidently using the last of its strength, vainly endeavoured to escape from the switch, hobbling with its short legs through the deep snow which it threw up under itself.
It has short legs, web feet, extremely long-pointed wings, and is of about the size of a tern.
Lesson states that he has seen these birds opening the shells of the mactrae buried in the sand-banks on the coast of Chile: from their weak bills, with the lower mandible so much projecting, their short legs and long wings, it is very improbable that this can be a general habit.
Taug expanded his great chest and rolled about on his short legs, making strange growlings in his throat.
Allow only three to five spurs to grow from a very short leg.
Resuming at 64 for four after tea, Nick Selman and Aneurin Donald consolidated, and added 50 for the fifth wicket, before Madsen, with the last ball of his first over, had Donald caught at short leg by Alex Hughes, who had previously dropped three chances in that position.
Tamim lasted just one more ball, which he inside edged on to his pads and to short leg, although Kayes was more free-flowing at the other end - sweeping the spinners well from the outset.
The next short leg saw Helena Croft picked up one place (20.

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