KANJI: SOKU ashi (leg, foot, sufficient)

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Character Etymology:

A variant of the radical for foot combined with a large square character representing a kneecap, giving the meaning of the character to be (lower) leg. Also, borrowed phonetically to express the meaning of suffice, though this character may have been selected because it may also have lent an idea of able.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: SOKU
kun-yomi: ashi ta(riru) ta(ru) ta(su)

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: a asu osu tarashi

English Definitions:

  1. SOKU: foot; leg; counter for pairs of footwear.
  2. ashi: foot; leg; paw; flipper; tentacles; arms; walk, step, pace, speed; footing; draft (of a ship); foot (of a mountain); trace; deficit, shortage.
  3. ashi, (o)ashi: money.
  4. ta(ru), ta(riru): be sufficient, suffice; serve.
  5. ta(su): add to, add up; make up for; make good; supply; suppliment.
  6. ta(rinai), ta(rannai), ta(ranu), ta(razu): be insuffcient, lack; be missing; be unworthy; be not worth it; dull; stupid.
  7. ta(rinasa): insufficiency, shortcomings.
  8. ta(shi): complement, supplement; making up; supply; help.
  9. -soku: pair (a [counter).

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 5856
Henshall: 51

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Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

(ashibaya): quick, swift-footed.
足首 (ashikubi): ankle.
足軽 (ashigaru): footman, foot soldier; lowest samurai.

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Leg (leg), n. [Icel. leggr; akin to Dan. læg calf of the leg, Sw. lägg.]


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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Leg (leg), v. t.

To use as a leg, with it as object:


To bow. [Obs.]


To run. [Low]


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Leg, n.

1. (Math.)

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

2. (Telephony)

A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.

3. (Elec.)

A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.


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