4. A bow, esp. in the phrase to make a leg; probably from drawing the leg backward in bowing. [Obs.]
He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks for a favor he never received.Fuller.
5. A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg. [Slang, Eng.]
6. (Naut.) The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks.
7. (Steam Boiler) An extension of the boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical
plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; called
also water leg.
8. (Grain Elevator) The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
9. (Cricket) A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
A good leg (Naut.), a course sailed on a tack which is near the desired course. Leg bail, escape
from custody by flight. [Slang] Legs of an hyperbola (or other curve) (Geom.), the branches of
the curve which extend outward indefinitely. Legs of a triangle, the sides of a triangle; a name
seldom used unless one of the sides is first distinguished by some appropriate term; as, the hypothenuse
and two legs of a right-angled triangle. On one's legs, standing to speak. On one's last legs.
See under Last. To have legs (Naut.), to have speed. To stand on one's own legs, to support
one's self; to be independent.
(Leg) v. t. To use as a leg, with it as object: (a) To bow. [Obs.] (b) To run. [Low]
(Leg"a*cy) n.; pl. Legacies (- siz). [L. (assumed) legatia, for legatum, from legare to appoint
by last will, to bequeath as a legacy, to depute: cf. OF. legat legacy. See Legate.]
1. A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of
dishonor or disease.
2. A business with which one is intrusted by another; a commission; obsolete, except in the phrases
last legacy, dying legacy, and the like.
My legacy and message wherefore I am sent into the world.Tyndale.
He came and told his legacy.Chapman. Legacy duty, a tax paid to government on legacies. Wharton. Legacy hunter, one who flatters
and courts any one for the sake of a legacy.
(Le"gal) a. [L. legalis, fr. lex, legis, law; prob. orig., that which lies or is fixed and if so akin to
E. lie, law: cf. F. légal. Cf. Lie to be prostrate, Loyal, Leal.]
1. Created by, permitted by, in conformity with, or relating to, law; as, a legal obligation; a legal standard
or test; a legal procedure; a legal claim; a legal trade; anything is legal which the laws do not forbid.
2. (Theol.) (a) According to the law of works, as distinguished from free grace; or resting on works for
salvation. (b) According to the old or Mosaic dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses.
3. (Law) Governed by the rules of law as distinguished from the rules of equity; as, legal estate; legal
assets. Bouvier. Burrill.
Legal cap. See under Cap. Legal tender. (a) The act of tendering in the performance of a contract
or satisfaction of a claim that which the law prescribes or permits, and at such time and place as the law
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