either of the two lower limbs of a biped, as a human being, or any of the paired limbs of an animal, arthropod, etc., that support and move the body.
Anatomy. the lower limb of a human being from the knee to the ankle.
something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance.
the part of a garment that covers the leg:
the leg of a stocking; trouser leg.
one of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture.
one of the sides of a forked object, as of a compass or pair of dividers.
one of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.
a timber, bar, or the like, serving to prop or shore up a structure.
one of the flanges of an angle iron.
one of the distinct sections of any course:
the last leg of a trip.
one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship.
one straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
one of a designated number of contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner.
one of the stretches or sections of a relay race.
legs, (in wine tasting) the rivulets of wine that slowly descend along the inside of a glass after the wine has been swirled, sometimes regarded as an indication that the wine is full-bodied.
the part of the field to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler or to the right of and behind him if he is left-handed.
the fielder playing this part of the field.
the position of this fielder.
Electricity. a component or branch of a circuit, network, antenna, etc.
Radio and Television. a connecting link between stations in a network, as the microwave relays used in transmitting a show from one geographical area to another.
bride2 (def 1).
verb (used with object), legged, legging.
to move or propel (a boat) with the legs:
They legged the boat through the tunnel.
leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.
leg it, Informal. to walk rapidly or run:
We’d better leg it or we’ll be late for class.
a means of help or encouragement; assist; boost:
Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam.
not have a leg to stand on, to lack a valid or logical basis for one’s argument or attitude:
Without evidence, the prosecutor doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
on one’s / its last legs, just short of exhaustion, breakdown, failure, etc.:
The aristocracy was on its last legs.
pull someone’s leg,
to make fun of someone; tease.
to deceive someone; trick someone.
shake a leg, Informal.
to hurry up.
Older Use. to dance.
stretch one’s legs, to take a walk; get some needed exercise after prolonged sitting:
He got up during the intermission to stretch his legs.
verb (used without object), shook, shaken, shaking.
to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements.
to tremble with emotion, cold, etc.
to become dislodged and fall (usually followed by off or down):
Sand shakes off easily.
to move something, or its support or container, briskly to and fro or up and down, as in mixing:
Shake before using.
to totter; become unsteady.
to clasp another’s hand in greeting, agreement, congratulations, etc.:
Let’s shake and be friends again.
Music. to execute a trill.
verb (used with object), shook, shaken, shaking.
to move (something or its support or container) to and fro or up and down with short, quick, forcible movements:
to shake a bottle of milk.
to brandish or flourish:
to shake a stick at someone.
to grasp (someone or something) firmly in an attempt to move or rouse by, or as by, vigorous movement to and fro:
We shook the tree.
to dislodge or dispense (something) by short, quick, forcible movements of its support or container:
We shook nuts from the tree.
to cause to sway, rock, totter, etc.:
to shake the very foundations of society.
to agitate or disturb profoundly in feeling:
The experience shook him badly.
to cause to doubt or waver; weaken. to shake one’s self-esteem.
Music. to trill (a note).
to mix (dice) by rolling in the palm of the hand before they are cast.
to get rid of; elude:
They tried to shake their pursuers.
an act or instance of shaking, rocking, swaying, etc.
shakes, (used with a singular verb) Informal. a state or spell of trembling, as caused by fear, fever, cold, etc. (usually preceded by the).
a disturbing blow; shock.
Informal. milk shake.
the act or a manner of clasping another’s hand in greeting, agreement, etc.:
He has a strong shake.
Informal. chance or fate; deal:
a fair shake.
a cast of the dice:
He threw an eight on his last shake.
something resulting from shaking.
a fissure in the earth.
an internal crack or fissure in timber.
Music. trill1 (def 9).
I’ll be with you in a shake.
Carpentry. a shingle or clapboard formed by splitting a short log into a number of tapered radial sections with a hatchet.
Horology. (in an escapement) the distance between the nearer corner of one pallet and the nearest tooth of the escape wheel when the other pallet arrests an escape tooth.
Chiefly South Midland U.S. shaker (def 2).
a dance deriving from the twist.
Slang. the dried leaves of the marijuana plant.
to cause to descend by shaking; bring down.
to cause to settle.
to condition; test:
to shake down a ship.
Informal. to extort money from.
Slang. to search (someone), especially to detect concealed weapons.
to rid oneself of; reject.
to get away from; leave behind.
Baseball, Softball. (of a pitcher) to indicate rejection of (a sign by the catcher for a certain pitch) by shaking the head or motioning with the glove.
to shake in order to mix or loosen.
to upset; jar.
to agitate mentally or physically:
The threat of attack has shaken up the entire country.
no great shakes, Informal. of no particular ability; unimportant; common:
As opera companies go, this one is no great shakes.
shake a leg, Informal.
to hurry up; get a move on:
You’d better shake a leg or we’ll miss the first act.
shake hands. hand (def 79).
shake one’s head,
to indicate disapproval, disagreement, negation, or uncertainty by turning one’s head from one side to the other and back:
I asked him if he knew the answer, but he just shook his head.
to indicate approval, agreement, affirmation or acceptance by nodding one’s head up and down.
shake the dust from one’s feet. dust (def 26).
two shakes (of a lamb’s tail), a very short time; a moment.
either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
(as modifier): leg guard, leg rest, related adjective crural
any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support
this part of an animal, esp the thigh, used for food: leg of lamb
something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair
a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object
the part of a garment that covers the leg
a section or part of a journey or course
a single stage, lap, length, etc, in a relay race
either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed
either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
the distance travelled without tacking
(in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games
the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
(as modifier): a leg slip, leg stump
give someone a leg up
to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards
to help someone to advance
(informal) have legs, to be successful or show the potential to succeed
not have a leg to stand on, to have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument
on its last legs, worn out; exhausted
(informal) pull someone’s leg, to tease, fool, or make fun of someone
(informal) shake a leg
to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
(informal) show a leg, to get up in the morning
stretch one’s legs, See stretch (sense 17)
verb legs, legging, legged
(transitive) (obsolete) to propel (a canal boat) through a tunnel by lying on one’s back and walking one’s feet along the tunnel roof
(informal) leg it, to walk, run, or hurry
verb shakes, shaking, shook, shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
to move or cause to move up and down or back and forth with short quick movements; vibrate
to sway or totter or cause to sway or totter
to clasp or grasp (the hand) of (a person) in greeting, agreement, etc: he shook John by the hand, he shook John’s hand, they shook and were friends
shake hands, to clasp hands in greeting, agreement, etc
(informal) shake on it, to shake hands in agreement, reconciliation, etc
to bring or come to a specified condition by or as if by shaking: he shook free and ran
(transitive) to wave or brandish: he shook his sword
(transitive) often foll by up. to rouse, stir, or agitate
(transitive) to shock, disturb, or upset: he was shaken by the news of her death
(transitive) to undermine or weaken: the crisis shook his faith
to mix (dice) by rattling in a cup or the hand before throwing
(transitive) (Austral, archaic, slang) to steal
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to escape from: can you shake that detective?
(music) to perform a trill on (a note)
(transitive) (US, informal) to fare or progress; happen as specified: how’s it shaking?
(informal) shake a leg, to hurry: usually used in the imperative
shake in one’s shoes, to tremble with fear or apprehension
shake one’s head, to indicate disagreement or disapproval by moving the head from side to side
shake the dust from one’s feet, to depart gladly or with the intention not to return
the act or an instance of shaking
a tremor or vibration
(informal) the shakes, a state of uncontrollable trembling or a condition that causes it, such as a fever
(informal) a very short period of time; jiffy: in half a shake
a shingle or clapboard made from a short log by splitting it radially
a fissure or crack in timber or rock
an instance of shaking dice before casting
(music) another word for trill1 (sense 1)
a dance, popular in the 1960s, in which the body is shaken convulsively in time to the beat
an informal name for earthquake
short for milk shake
(informal) no great shakes, of no great merit or value; ordinary
One of the two lower limbs of the human body, especially the part between the knee and the foot.
A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.
- Shake a stick at
see: more than one can shake a stick at
- Shake a wicked calf
shake a wicked calf
noun 1. extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence. 2. a thorough search: a shakedown of prison cells to uncover hidden drugs. 3. a bed, as of straw or blankets, spread on the floor. 4. any makeshift bed. 5. the act or process of shaking down. 6. Also called shakedown cruise, shakedown flight. a […]
verb (used without object), shook, shaken, shaking. 1. to move or sway with short, quick, irregular vibratory movements. 2. to tremble with emotion, cold, etc. 3. to become dislodged and fall (usually followed by off or down): Sand shakes off easily. 4. to move something, or its support or container, briskly to and fro or […]