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one of the paired limbs of an animal used for support of the body and for locomotion. Properly, the human leg is that portion of the extremity between the foot and the thigh. This section of the human leg contains two long bones, the tibia and the fibula. The upper end of the tibia joins with the lower end of the thighbone (femur) and forms a hinged joint. The kneecap (patella), a flat triangular-shaped bone, surrounds and protects this joint. The lower end of both tibia and fibula join with the talus, a bone in the foot, to form the ankle joint. The upper end of the femur, which is the longest bone in the body, forms a ball and socket joint where it meets the hipbone. In quadrupeds, both the hind and fore limbs are referred to as legs.



an organ of support and locomotion in animals and man (seeMOVEMENT, LOCOMOTION). In mollusks, the analagous organ of locomotion is called the foot, which occurs as an unpaired muscular outgrowth of the ventral wall of the body. The foot is often supplied with a flat, creeping basal plate and contains glands that secrete mucus or byssal threads (seeBYSSUS). The development and structure of the foot depend on the mollusk’s mode of life. For example, in swimming pteropods the foot is in the form of two fins, which are shaped like oars. In sessile and parasitic mollusks the foot is reduced to various degrees, depending on the species. In cephalopods it has been converted to a funnel and a crown of tentacles.

What does it mean when you dream about a leg?

To “get a leg up” on issues and conditions may symbolize that the dreamer has regained the confidence to stand up and take control again. Legs also signify movement, especially running.


The lower extremity of a human limb, between the knee and the ankle.
(computer science)
The sequence of instructions that is followed in a computer routine from one branch point to the next.
Anything that functionally or structurally resembles an animal leg.
One of the branches of a forked or jointed object.
One of the main upright members of a drill derrick or tripod.
A single cycle of more or less periodic motion in a wave train on a seismogram.
Either side adjacent to the right angle of a right triangle.
(mechanical engineering)
The case that encloses the vertical part of the belt carrying the buckets within a grain elevator.
In a fillet weld, the distance between the root and the toe.
(mining engineering)
In mine timbering, a prop or upright member of a set or frame.
A stone that has to be wedged out from beneath a larger one.
One part of a craft's track, consisting of a single course line.
A track identified by an aid to navigation.
An appendage or limb used for support and locomotion.


i. The strut of a landing gear.
ii. One segment or part of an entire flight or trip by air.
iii. A beam of a radio-range station identified by a particular flight as an inbound leg or an outbound leg.


a. either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
b. (as modifier): leg guard
2. any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support
3. something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair
4. either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
5. Nautical
a. the distance travelled without tacking
b. (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
6. Cricket
a. the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
b. (as modifier): a leg slip
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This breeder contacted the department and confirmed the bird was hisit had escaped in April 2016 and he had the DNA testing records which matched the leg band number.
And he is secure and ready for the execution, with the exception of the hood being placed over his head and the wires being attached to the leg band and to the headset.
A smaller proportion of our data was from leg band recoveries, mainly of goslings killed during hunting seasons (Table 1).
COMMENTS: First leg band in over 30 years of hunting.
Featuring an 18ins wide seat, chrome plated frame, detachable full length padded armrests, stainless steel side panel, swing away footrests, aluminium footplate with rubber mat, 8ins solid front castor, 24ins pneumatic rear wheel with hand strap, leg band and PVC upholstery on seat and back.
He also compared harvest rates of geese fitted only with a leg band.
In the fall of 2007 and 2008, we trapped grouse at both areas and fit each bird with a leg band and radio-transmitter.
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles held the young eagle while Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game Mary Griffin placed the silver federal leg band on its right leg.
COMMENTS: Black plastic leg band with white numbers 76.
When I was 10 yards away I could see the sunlight glinting off a leg band.
Extra reeds are included, as well as an instructional DVD, leg band, and protective hard case.
COMMENTS: Also had white with blue lettering plastic leg band U8A.