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Leg vs. Shank — What's the Difference?

Leg vs. Shank — What's the Difference?

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Leg

A leg is a weight-bearing and locomotive anatomical structure, usually having a columnar shape. During locomotion, legs function as "extensible struts".
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A person's leg, especially the part from the knee to the ankle
The old man's thin, bony shanks showed through his trousers
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Each of the limbs on which a person or animal walks and stands
He was off as fast as his legs would carry him
Adams broke his leg
A leg injury
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A long, narrow part of a tool connecting the handle to the operational end
Gouges vary in the amount of curve or sweep on the cutting edge and the form of the shank
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Each of the supports of a chair, table, or other structure
The house was set on legs
Table legs
Apr 03, 2022
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Shank

A part or appendage by which something is attached to something else, especially a wire loop attached to the back of a button.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A section or stage of a journey or process
The return leg of his journey
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The narrow middle of the sole of a shoe
A rigid leather boot with a full shank
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A branch of a forked object.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A makeshift knife fashioned from a sharp item such as broken glass or a razor
He used a shank to threaten a guard and steal his uniform
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The half of the field (as divided lengthways through the pitch) away from which the batsman's feet are pointed when standing to receive the ball
He played a lucky stroke to leg
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

An act of striking the ball with the heel of the club
He hit a shank with his tee shot and took double bogey
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A deferential gesture made by drawing back one leg and bending it while keeping the front leg straight.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Strike (the ball) with the heel of the club
I shanked a shot and hit a person on a shoulder
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Travel by foot; walk
I am part of a team legging it around London
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Slash or stab (someone), especially with a makeshift knife
I got shanked with a broken bottle
My friend pulled a knife and shanked him
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Propel (a boat) through a tunnel on a canal by pushing with one's legs against the tunnel roof or sides
A little boy was lying on his back, legging the boat along
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of the human leg between the knee and ankle.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

One of the limbs or appendages that an animal uses for locomotion or support.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A corresponding part in other vertebrates.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

One of the lower or hind limbs in humans and other primates.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The whole leg of a human.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The part of the limb between the knee and foot in vertebrates.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A leg or leglike part.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The back part of the hindquarter of a meat animal.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A cut of meat from the leg of a steer, calf, sheep, or lamb.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The long narrow part of a nail or pin.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

One of the branches of a forked or jointed object.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A stem, stalk, or similar part.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The part of a garment, especially of a pair of pants, that covers the leg.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(Nautical) The stem of an anchor.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(Mathematics) Either side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The long shaft of a fishhook.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(Nautical) The distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of a tobacco pipe between the bowl and stem.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The part of an air route or a flight pattern that is between two successive stops, positions, or changes in direction.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The shaft of a key.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

One of several contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner of a competition.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The narrow section of the handle of a spoon.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(Sports) One stretch of a relay race.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(Printing) The section of a body of type between the shoulder and the foot.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Legs The narrow streams of swirled wine or spirits that run slowly down along the inside of a glass, often believed to indicate that the liquid is full-bodied.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The narrow part of the sole of a shoe under the instep.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Legs(Slang) The ability to last or sustain success, especially by appealing to an audience
A blockbuster movie that has legs.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A piece of material, such as metal, that is used to reinforce or shape this part of a shoe.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

To go on foot; walk or run. Often used with the indefinite it
Because we missed the bus, we had to leg it across town.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A projection, such as a ring, on the back of a button by which it is sewn to cloth.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A limb or appendage that an animal uses for support or locomotion on land.
Insects have six legs.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

See tang1.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

In humans, the lower limb extending from the groin to the ankle.
Dan won't be able to come to the party, since he broke his leg last week and is now on crutches.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of a tool, such as a drill, that connects the functioning head to the handle.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(anatomy) The portion of the lower limb of a human that extends from the knee to the ankle.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The latter or remaining part, especially of a period of time.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
The left leg of these jeans has a tear.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The early or primary part of a period of time
The shank of the evening.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, such as a piece of furniture, supporting it from underneath.
The legs of a chair or table
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(Slang) A knife or other sharp, pointed implement, especially one that has been fashioned from something else; a shiv.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(figurative) Something that supports.
This observation is an important leg of my argument.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

To hit (a golf ball) with the heel of the club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A stage of a journey, race etc.
After six days, we're finally in the last leg of our cross-country trip.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(Slang) To stab (a person) with a sharp, pointed implement.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Meat from that part of an animal.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(sports) A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A redshank or greenshank, various species of Old World wading birds in the genus Tringa having distinctly colored legs.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(geometry) One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A straight, narrow part of an object, such as a key or an anchor; shaft; stem.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(geometry) One of the branches of a hyperbola or other curve which extend outward indefinitely.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The handle of a pair of shears, connecting the ride to the neck.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The ability of something to persist or succeed over a long period of time.
This proposal has no legs. Almost everyone opposes it.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The center part of a fishhook between the eye and the hook, the 'hook' being the curved part that bends toward the point.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A protruding part of an object, by which it is or can be attached.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

An extension of a steam 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.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The metal part on a curb bit that falls below the mouthpiece, which length controls the severity of the leverage action of the bit, and to which the reins of the bridle are attached.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

In a grain elevator, the case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(golf) A poorly played golf shot in which the ball is struck by the part of the club head that connects to the shaft.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Denotes the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs; the left side for a right-handed batsman.
Ponsonby-Smythe hit a thumping drive through the leg fielders.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(slang) An improvised stabbing weapon.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A loop forming an eye to a button.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(electrical) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(architecture) The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(finance) An underlying instrument of a derivatives strategy.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(metalworking) A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

An army soldier assigned to a paratrooper unit who has not yet been qualified as a paratrooper.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The body of a type; between the shoulder and the foot.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(archaic) A gesture of submission; a bow or curtsey. Chiefly in phrase make a leg.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(shoemaking) The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(journalism) A column, as a unit of length of text as laid out.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The end or remainder, particularly of a period of time.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The main part or beginning of a period of time.
The shank of the morning
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

To travel on foot.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

To apply force using the leg (as in 'to leg a horse').
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(slang) To stab, especially with an improvised blade.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Alternative spelling of leg.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(slang) To remove another's trousers, especially in jest; to depants.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A limb or member of an animal used for supporting the body, and in running, climbing, and swimming; esp., that part of the limb between the knee and foot.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

To misstrike the ball with the part of the club head that connects to the shaft.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

That which resembles a leg in form or use; especially, any long and slender support on which any object rests; as, the leg of a table; the leg of a pair of compasses or dividers.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

To hit or kick the ball in an unintended direction.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The part of any article of clothing which covers the leg; as, the leg of a stocking or of a pair of trousers.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(intransitive) To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; usually followed by off.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A bow, esp. in the phrase to make a leg; probably from drawing the leg backward in bowing.
He that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks for a favor he never received.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

To provide (a button) with a shank loop forming an eye.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(shoemaking) To apply the shank to a shoe, during the process of manufacturing it.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The course and distance made by a vessel on one tack or between tacks.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

(slang) Bad.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

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.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

See Chank.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of the leg from the knee to the foot; the shin; the shin bone; also, the whole leg.
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wideFor his shrunk shank.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Hence, that part of an instrument, tool, or other thing, which connects the acting part with a handle or other part, by which it is held or moved.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Either side of a triangle distinguished from the base or, in a right triangle, from the hypotenuse; also, an indefinitely extending branch of a curve, as of a hyperbola.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The space between two channels of the Doric triglyph.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A large ladle for molten metal, fitted with long bars for handling it.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The body of a type.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

To use as a leg, with it as object
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of the sole beneath the instep connecting the broader front part with the heel.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part between the knee and ankle
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A wading bird with long legs; as, the green-legged shank, or knot; the yellow shank, or tattler; - called also shanks.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Flat-nosed pliers, used by opticians for nipping off the edges of pieces of glass to make them round.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

One of the supports for a piece of furniture
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

To fall off, as a leaf, flower, or capsule, on account of disease affecting the supporting footstalk; - usually followed by off.
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A part of a forked or branching shape;
He broke off one of the branches
They took the south fork
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A cut of meat (beef or veal or mutton or lamb) from the upper part of the leg
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

The limb of an animal used for food
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

Cloth covering consisting of the part of a garment that covers the leg
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

(nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
Apr 03, 2022

Leg

A section or portion of a journey or course;
Then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

The narrow part of the shoe connecting the heel and the wide part of the sole
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Lower part of the leg extending from the hock to the fetlock in hoofed mammals
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

A poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
Apr 03, 2022

Shank

Hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
Apr 03, 2022

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