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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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National Band & Tag Company has donated a selection of standard leg bands to evaluate how well each of four different types stay on wild turkeys.
Brauning said that the leg bands placed on the young falcons will pay dividends in the future by helping the agency determine where Pennsylvania- born peregrines go when they disperse to set up their own home territories.
From her alphanumeric leg band information, it is determined that was a nestling on the Girard Point Bridge in Philadelphia in 1998.
The new regulations will force them to attach numbered leg bands to every bird they transport and keep detailed records confirming that they have done so.
The birds were manually restrained in dorsal recumbency for placement of leg bands for US Fish and Wildlife Service and Illinois State identification.
In case you haven't already figured it out, these government-approved, individually sealed and numbered leg bands aren't free.
n Manillas: Bracelets and leg bands used all along the West African coast.
To keep track of individual birds, mating pairs, and the fledglings that result, Cuthbert works with Van Zoeren, Park Service monitoring crews, and a larger team of volunteers and scientists to capture every plover hatched in the Great Lakes population, place leg bands on them, and release them.
Moreover, the socks' smooth top stays in place, while there is protective shin padding, an anti-bunching instep, a flat toe seam, a size mark on the toe (S, M, L, XL, or XXL for an easy matchup after laundering), arch and lower leg bands to hold socks in place, and a Y heel to improve fit.
Nearby, park spokesman Mike Mullenweg sits in his idling pickup truck, scanning the pelicans for red and silver leg bands that would mean they came from Louisiana, rescued from the Gulf oil spill.
Before release, each bird was fitted with leg bands for future identification.
Everyone who surrenders mechanically propelled vehicles will be given a voucher, entitling them to a mountain bike, helmet, cable and lock, bicycle lights, puncture repair kit, riding mitts, high visibility arm and leg bands, and a three-year bike care plan.